Is Alice?: Schizophrenia Bill Bailey

ISBN: 9781847478986

Published: April 4th 2009

Paperback

504 pages


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Is Alice?: Schizophrenia  by  Bill Bailey

Is Alice?: Schizophrenia by Bill Bailey
April 4th 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 504 pages | ISBN: 9781847478986 | 10.51 Mb

DescriptionIs Alice? is a powerful and fictionalised love story. The novel was written solely as a manuscript gift for my partner, and publication is therefore dependent upon her wishes. Her primary one, along with pleasure about its surprisingMoreDescriptionIs Alice? is a powerful and fictionalised love story. The novel was written solely as a manuscript gift for my partner, and publication is therefore dependent upon her wishes.

Her primary one, along with pleasure about its surprising publication, is anonymity. She is not Alice, and I am not Theo. This is not a biography. Fiction is used in Is Alice? to illuminate an actual madness along with a real search for the ideas that may help in understanding the living and political nature of consciousness - the structure of normality and the real world and its incoherent collapse into the hell that is known as schizophrenia.

There are passages from the patients point of view, which make this novel an unusual project. That is because the inner landscape of madness does have a logic and meaning that should be acknowledged and evoked, instead of ridiculed or misunderstood. Contemporary psychology - nevermind clinical psychiatry - fails in its attempt to address the nature of consciousness or its creation of the world.

I believe philosophy underpins psychology, not the other way around.About the AuthorBorn in a small rural town in North Carolina, Bill Bailey began his itinerant life after graduating from university with a degree in philosophy and a keen interest in judo. After being drafted and subsequently ejected by the US Army for being incompatible, he found work as a prison guard in Canada and continued his study of judo before briefly prospecting for gold in British Columbia. Having meanwhile accidentally married a Texan heiress, he moved to Houston, Texas where he managed a ranch, scrambled motorbikes, rallied sports cars, worked as a bouncer, taught English and French and organised the first white collar union in the US meat-packing industry.

He placed third in the Southwestern US Judo Championships (light-heavyweight division) and was awarded his black belt. Backing quickly away from Texas after stumbling into the acting profession he moved to London. Within a year of his arrival he became the first full-frontal male nude on the British stage and, consequently, was featured in a full page photo in Life Magazine opposite Lennon and Ono. In the course of his acting career he has worked extensively in film - in Hollywood and Europe - television, and Londons West End. During the Miners Strike of 84-85 Bill wrote a play about the strike and toured the embattled coalfields performing with a small company of actors.

He is the published author of five novels called The Haug Quintet, an investigation of the political nature of consciousness set in a compelling fictional landscape.



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