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Prologue: February 19, 1969



The author in 1970
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Caged.

I was caged.

Then, I was driven.

Driven to Cherokee.

A hazy memory of riding caged in the back of a police car.

Two shadows in the front seat, the county sheriff and a female escort.

Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” buzzing from a tinny transistor radio.

Outside, the Iowa landscape bleak.

Cloudy and cold.

Condensation and frost riming the windows.

Piles of dirty snow dotting the countryside.

I, cargo.

Destination: Cherokee’s other place, the outline on the hill.

Shifting, crossing my legs…

Please, can we stop?

Hot and steamy inside.

Shivering, my teeth rattling.

Please…I have to go!

Hear something, George?

Naw, nothin’ important.


Laughter.

Cargo has no voice.

Madness has no voice.

Listen, crazy girl…

Two voices: We have come to take you away, ha, ha…

“I’m crazy, crazy…”

Fragments, crazy-quilt impressions, acid flashbacks…

I, crazy?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Welcome to Memoir Madness: driven to involuntary commitment (Text-only site)

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Excerpts of this memoir have already been posted to the media-rich MemoirMadness.com; on that site I have added artwork, pictures, and relevant embedded videos. I have also included additional articles, essays, news clips, and ads. I will continue adding new text and other media to that site.

But for interested literary agents and publishers (and anyone else who would just rather read the text), this fast-loading, bare bones site has been reserved for text-only excerpts with relevant memoir and author information.

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Getting around here is easy; no matter where you are on the site, the panel on the right offers relevant internal links.

By the way, I have recently changed the title from I, Driven: memoir of involuntary commitment to its current title, which I believe better reflects the tone of the memoir.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Table of Contents for Memoir Madness: driven to involuntary commitment (text-only site)

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About Memoir Madness: For Literary Agents and Publishers *
Open Letter to Literary Agents

Summary

Blurb

Synopsis

Notes on Narrative Threads

Research Note
Author Information
Author's Resume

Author's Bio
Memoir Madness Excerpts: Before the Institution
Prologue: Caged

Chapter One: The Crystal Ship

Chapter One: Blue Moons

Chapter Two: Dark Side

Chapter Two: Flying Solo

Chapter Two: Weed and Seeds

Chapter Two: Funny Little Naked Clowns

Chapter Two: Decision Time

Chapter Two: Thirteen Tabs

Chapter Three: Wallich's Music City and Eleanor's Radio

Chapters Four and Six: New Year's Eve, 1968--Fire

Chapter Eight: Rudy

Chapter Ten: Cops

Chapter Eleven: The Luckiest Hand

Chapter Twelve: Downers

Chapter Twenty Three: Sioux City Blues

Chapter Twenty Four: ..."While I Kiss the Sky"

Chapter Twenty six: The Miracle of Google

Chapter Thirty: There Must be Some Way Outta Here

Chapter Thirty Eight: What to Do With My Life?

Chapter Forty One: My Country 'Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Tyranny

Chapter Fifty One: Nabbed at the Bus Station

Chapter Fifty Three: "Let's See What the Police Have to Say"

Chapter Fifty Four: A Possible Scenario at the Police Station

Chapter Fifty Six: Driven

Chapter Fifty Eight: Driven 2
Memoir Madness Excerpts: The Institution
The First Five Days

The Other Patients: Perky Penny

The Other Patients: Carrie the Cutter

The Other Patients: Joyce

The Other Patients: D.J., The Mighty Sage

The Other Patients: Anna on the Lam

Proving My Sanity
Memoir Madness Excerpts: After the Institution
Denise's Tips

Leaving Sioux City: Dee Dee

Epilogue: A Short History of the Cherokee Mental Health Institute
Memoir Madness Excerpts: Flashbacks (Fall 1968)
October 1968: Rev. Arthur Blessitt and His Place

October 12, 1968: A Mother's Warning

October 12, 1968: The Birthday Party

October 1968: Wild Man Fischer's Merry-go-round
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