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Bassey Ikpi Opens Up About Bipolar Disorder
Nigerian-born ex-poet Bassey Ikpi is no stranger to performing in front of a crowd, but telling her own story of coming to terms with her bipolar disorder diagnosis was another matter. Writing I'm Telling the Truth, But I'm Lying and then narrating it was the culmination of years growth and a yearning for understanding. Listen in as Ikpi talks with Editor Rachel Smalter Hall about how important it is for us to have a real understanding of mental health issues.
Ocean Vuong Pays Tribute to His Vietnamese Mother
A skilled poet can spin a hauntingly beautiful web of complex emotions thanks to their mastery of language, moving us to tears. Ocean Vuong is that kind of poet. In his stunning debut novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, which he also narrates, he reckons with the complicated but beautiful relationship he had with his mother, who was a Vietnamese refugee. Listen in as Editor Aaron Schwartz talks with him about what makes this novel so special and Ocean drops one beautiful phrase after another.
Adam Cayton-Holland Will Change How You See Mental Illness
The instant Editor Kyle Souza finished the last word of this tragicomic memoir by Adam Cayton-Holland, he knew it was a story he would never forget. He laughed and cried often during this listen, and if you or your family has ever struggled with mental health issues and the heartbreak that comes with it, chances are you'll relate. Tragedy + Time turns the severity of discussing mental illness on its head in a beautifully comedic way while still honoring the grief of horrible loss.