The Loony-Bin Trip

The Loony Bin Trip A personal story of Kate Millett s struggle to regain control of her life after falling under an ascription of manic depression

  • Title: The Loony-Bin Trip
  • Author: Kate Millett
  • ISBN: 9780252068881
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • A personal story of Kate Millett s struggle to regain control of her life after falling under an ascription of manic depression.

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    1. Kate Millett

      Katherine Murray Kate Millett was an American feminist writer, educator, artist, and activist She attended Oxford University and was the first American woman to be awarded a postgraduate degree with first class honors by St Hilda s She has been described as a seminal influence on second wave feminism , and is best known for her 1970 book Sexual Politics, which was her doctoral dissertation at Columbia University Journalist Liza Featherstone attributes previously unimaginable legal abortion, greater professional equality between the sexes and a sexual freedom being made possible partially due to Millett s efforts.The feminist, human rights, peace, civil rights, and anti psychiatry movements have been some of Millett s key causes Her books were motivated by her activism, such as woman s rights and mental health reform, and several were autobiographical memoirs that explored her sexuality, mental health, and relationships Mother Millett and The Loony Bin Trip, for instance, dealt with family issues and the times when she was involuntarily committed Besides appearing in a number of documentaries, she produced Three Lives and wrote Not a Love Story A Film About Pornography In the 1960s and 1970s, Millett taught at Waseda University, Bryn Mawr College, Barnard College, and University of California, Berkeley.Millett was raised in Minnesota and has spent most of her adult life in Manhattan and the Woman s Art Colony, which became the Millett Center for the Arts in 2012, that she established in Poughkeepsie, New York Self identified as bisexual, Millett was married to sculptor Fumio Yoshimura from 1965 to 1985 and had relationships with women, one of whom was the inspiration for her book Sita She has continued to work as an activist, writer and artist Some of her later written works are The Politics of Cruelty 1994 , about state sanctioned torture in many countries, and a book about the relationship with her mother in Mother Millett 2001 Between 2011 and 2013 she has won the Lambda Pioneer Award for Literature, received Yoko Ono s Courage Award for the Arts, and was inducted into the National Women s Hall of Fame.

    942 thoughts on “The Loony-Bin Trip”

    1. this is my second time around, after many years, and i still find this books exceptional. first of all, kate millett writes beautifully. this woman's had many careers -- artist, activist, feminist theorist, writer -- but if her talents resided only in putting words in sequence and saying amazing things with them, she should still be qualified as a genius. this book oozes pain. if you cannot deal with pain, you should not read it, otherwise you'll find it long, verbose, overwritten, or self-indul [...]


    2. I hated this book to levels that surprised me. I got the feeling that the author wrote the book as proof that she isn't crazy but, instead, I felt trapped inside the mind of someone I'd see wandering the streets, talking to herself. Especially during the first 2/3 of the book, where she's manic. Highly repetitive, paranoid, and booooring. And the chapter about the horse's penis?!? Man, I'm liberal and open minded but that chapter gave me the creeps!!This book was recommended to me after I comple [...]


    3. I've always been ambivalent about Kate Millett. I was a Women's Studies minor in college, and I read a lot of her ground breaking work. (I think I need to read it again having studied English literature more.) That ambivalence about her all or nothing radical thought spills over into my feelings about this books. A lot of it seems almost Finnegan's Wake-ian in its madness, but she is bipolar and was having a manic episode although in the end of the book she declares she doesn't believe in mental [...]


    4. Millet writes a brave and honest depiction of her struggle with bipolar disorder, and her decision to stop taking the lithium she has been prescribed for years. What follows is a description of euphoric mania at her women's artist colony in Upstate New York, in New York City and finally in Ireland, where she is forcibly sent to a horrific mental "hospital." If not for her contacts with influential people, she might still be there. This memoir is set in 1979-80, but one wonders how much things ha [...]


    5. This is my all-time favorite first-person account of mental illness. It is written by the feminist author Kate Millet and describes her experience with bipolar disorder. In the excerpts of her journal you can really see her struggle as she decides to go off her medication and becomes more symptomatic. It is the best written account I've seen of what it is like to have manic episodes.


    6. I'm glad that people like Kate Millett helped advocate for the civil rights of people with mental illness, although it's more than unfortunate that these days that has come to mean that instead of getting help in hospitals, people with severe mental illness go to prison instead. Considering the state of "mental health care" at the time (locking people up and drugging them against their will) it's quite frankly a miracle that anybody could recover from mental illness, and Kate Millett certainly d [...]



    7. I wish I could give this novel 3.5 stars instead. I really like the style of Millet's writing. It feels like you're reading her diary and getting an inside look at her head.At times, I did find it a little tedious. Also, many of her relatives and friends made me mad because of their inability to understand her and their "duty" to interfere "in her best interest". Especially Sophie and how that turns out towards the end.There are passages throughout the entire novel in which Kate is stating pure [...]


    8. I got entirely fed up with the narrowness of the voice of this author. It was somewhere around page 125 and her exploring the efficacy of bestiality and the eroticism of a geldings swag that I decided this book just wasn't for me.I CAN agree with the author's frustration that once you've been labelled as "crazy" or anything for that matter everyone around you and everything is seen through that filter. Frustrating!


    9. Millett's exploration of her struggle with bipolar disorder (or something I'm interpreting as bipolar disorder) is remarkable for its honesty. The effects of her illness on her and the others around her is profound; as she struggles to regain her footing, she also struggles with the perceptions of those around her who have decided her judgment can't be trusted. Powerful and a bit scary.


    10. This book helped my understand that treatment of mental illness is not clear cut and why the side effects of the medications can be unbearable. It was one of the first books I read on mental illness and likely was the book that peaked my interest in mental illness and planted the the seed that started my career in social work. (It's been a while since I read it.)


    11. This a true story about how Kate Millet ended up being committed to a mental hospitals against her will. SCARY, especially the mental hospital in Ireland. A must read for anyone who thinks mental hospitals help people heal.


    12. This book is an amazing trip into the thoughts of a woman committed to a mental hospital. It was very scary at times, but fascinating!


    13. Read this book about 25 years ago and it still comes back to me sometimes. I recommend it to people who want an "insider" perspective on the bi-polar experience.


    14. Depressing and unsettling. I spent most of the time wondering if the author was aware she wasn't the hero of her own autobiography.



    15. deep down, i think that her mental illness destroyed relationships with people she loves. isn't that a good reason to get on meds??


    16. difficult to follow this woman's journey. Seems like she denies that she has mental illness but frustrated that she can't function in the world.





    17. I want to live on Millets farm! I just reread this and loved it just as much. A brilliant woman's struggle with getting off of psych meds. I love Kate Millet.



    18. Kate's Millet is brilliant. I read this in the 1990s. I wanted to go to NY State to spend time on her farm for artists and writers.


    19. Overwhelmingly honest, at times a tedious read, but good contribution, adding awareness, to an important topic. Found this book at a thrift store; it looked interesting and was.


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