Just when you think the consumer culture of the United States in all its pornographic proportions has us all down and out thanks to the “buy now” holiday mentality, the good doctor offers some sage advice on how to find your way in this wacky world. I’m speaking of Dr. Bruce E. Levine, the author of Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy. Bruce capped off 2007 with a remarkable Book Salon with our friends over at Firedoglake, and the host of the salon—nyceve of Daily Kos dairy fame—also put up a spectacular plug for the book on her own diary in hopes of getting people to read and discuss Bruce’s important book. Her diary is now up to 280-plus comments, while the Book Salon went into overtime and sported more than 200 comments.
Here’s one of Eve’s riffs on Bruce’s book in her intro:
I’m convinced that shopping/spending/buying is a means of dulling the intense psychic distress of being an American citizen in 2007 — nearly 2008. Let’s be straight, as Dr. Levine suggests, it’s not easy living in George Bush’s America.
I’m not a scholar of depression. Thankfully, I’ve never had to grapple with it, though I am very close to several people who struggle with depression every day. And I can tell you from watching them, it’s a daily battle. What fascinates me about Dr. Levine’s book is that it approaches the American epidemic of depression from an entirely new perspective.
Thanks Eve, and great work Bruce! This is an important book for anyone who has been labeled by society, or finds themselves struggling with how to cope in today’s society.