Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me Epub

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me Epub Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the relationship between crazy and creative in this graphic memoir of her bipolar disorder, woven with stories of famous bipolar artists and writersShortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity, she began a years long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passions and creativitySearching to make sense of the popular concept of the crazy artist, she finds inspiration from the lives and work of other artists and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath She also researches the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder, including the strengths and limitations of various treatments and medications, and what studies tell us about the conundrum of attempting to cure an otherwise brilliant mindDarkly funny and intensely personal, Forney s memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist s work, as she shares her own story through bold black and white images and evocative prose


10 thoughts on “Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me

  1. Melki Melki says:

    I ve always maintained that I failed as an artist because I am not tormented enough, though I m pretty sure lack of talent and creative ambition are just as much to blame Still, I wonderwould I be a better artist if I were a little bit crazy Studies seem to prove it s possible There is a long list of writers and artists who suffered from depression and other disorders, yet managed to turn out


  2. Nat Nat says:

    I ve had my eye on this particular graphic memoir before, but decide just this past week to finally give it a go I was beyond grateful to see myself so easily immerse into the intensely personal world presented in Marbles.Darkly funny and intensely personal, Forney s memoir provides a humorous but authentic glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist s work, as she shares her own story th


  3. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    If you re bi polar, don t look for much friendly banter with your psychiatrist ELLEN I don t want to take lots of heavy meds like Lithium.SHRINK Well, for untreated bi polar, there s a high suicide rate and an increased chance of hospitalization This is as chummy as Ellen s shrink ever gets. The following weekSHRINK How s your sleep ELLEN All over the place.SHRINK Are you taking the Klonopin ELLEN Yeah.SHRINK


  4. jo jo says:

    this is so good so so so good i m going to say, first of all, that the quality of the artwork is amazing great drawing, sometimes really simple, sometimes really complex, with great utilization of ber cool graphic devices notably, a spiral notebook that seems like the real thing, ellen s real notebook, photographed, and may or may not be when i first got the book i quickly scanned it and saw that it dealt with bipola


  5. Book Riot Community Book Riot Community says:

    This is a graphic novel, likewise a memoir, about Ellen Forney s life before she was diagnosed, being diagnosed, not quite accepting that diagnosis, and then slowly coming to grips with it and with the medication You ll note that these books tend to follow similar paths, because on the whole people tend to follow similar paths Her art style is amazing, simple and cartoonish except when it s precise and detailed , and just fr


  6. Julie Ehlers Julie Ehlers says:

    The first time I read Marbles, I was a bit disappointed given the title, I was expecting the book to have a strong focus on the connection between bipolar disorder and creativity, and what impact medication might have on that connection While that topic is touched on to a certain extent, this was mainly Forney s autobiographical account of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, how it has affected her life, and the struggle to come


  7. Ariel Ariel says:

    With Marbles, Ellen Forney invites us in to the realities of what it s like to live with bipolar disorder The blessing in this book is that it isn t harrowing or tearful though there are times my heart wanted to hug her while I was reading or dry, like many works on mood disorders Instead it s frank and honest and beautiful and ugly and funny Just like life any life, even the lives of mysterious depressed and bipolar people.I ve been a fan


  8. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    This graphic memoir about a young artist struggling with manic depression is like the chatty little sister to the works of Alison Bechdel While Forney s work is less dense than Bechdel s, it is just as interesting and forthright I initially picked this one up because Forney is the artist illustrator of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian But I was quickly drawn into her tale of twenty something angst where she tried to use her bipolar d


  9. ☆☽Erica☾☆ ☆☽Erica☾☆ says:

    A really great and creative work documenting the author s experience with bipolar disorder The book is fun and imaginative, yet still extremely dark She also makes the story somewhat easy to swallow.Great for anyone who is interested in learningabout bipolar disorder or mental illness in an entertaining way.


  10. Carol Carol says:

    If you or someone you know has a diagnosis of bi polar disorder don t be frightened to pick up this book Ellen Forney has brought bi polar out of the closet in this brave, honest, funny and creative memoir Your experience may not be exactly the same as hers but you re bound to see the similarities After all, like any other illness, you will share somesymptoms .Marbles Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, Me is the best explanation of bi polar I ve read That it is a gr


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