February 01, 2004

And as for the psychiatric industry...?

Posted by Curt at 06:22 PM in Literature | TrackBack

In its obituary to the morosely introverted writer Janet Frame, the NYT decides to focus on the question of the alleged mental illness in her life that finds significance in her frequent literary treatment of madness. Key graph:

“She next traveled abroad on a grant from the New Zealand government, and in London a panel of psychiatrists determined she was not mentally ill, just different from other people.”

If only we could all be judged so generously, but I have my doubts.