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Okay, new JanineIdea of the day.

I am starting a DPSelfHelp book club in which we would read the same book (give us a couple of weeks to locate book, a week to read one chapter, etc...and discuss along the way, just like a regular Book Club does). I suggest picking books that have to do with DP or dissociative states - but FICTION, not psych books. The idea is to look at and discuss the CONCEPTS inherent in self-observation, madness, obsessive patterns, they are expressed in works of fiction.

Someone on this board recently recommended Vladimir Nabokov's short novel called "The Defense" which I had never read (I don't recall whose idea this was or where that post is - but it was an EXCELLENT suggestion, so please come forward and claim your credit!) I ordered it, read it last weekend and it is really just an extraordinary piece of literature. I think we could start with that book - it's VERY existential, has a conventional plotline but deals with metaphysical ideas and highly unstable mental states of mind. If that's something you think you'd LIKE to read and study and talk about without being unduly disturbed by, then find a copy of it and start reading. If enough folks here are interested in this idea, we can pick a date to start, etc.

Again, this is NOT about psych books. NO medical texts or self-help. Pure literature. There are LOTS of good novels I can think of off the top of my head for this little group to read and discuss.

But I also thought if this takes off, we could include OUR writings, too. I have a couple of short stories that deal with obsessive mental states, and I know our fair MartinV does as well (and he's a terrific writer). Another likely candidate is Sebastian (who is quite gifted in the writing arena, and just nutty enough to really offer us some meaty trips into the mind).

If anyone else enjoys picking up the pen, and has a flair for expressing some very intricate dp-type concepts in pieces of fiction, then come forward! We could post (or email, etc...we can decide how we want to do it)

Sound appealing?

Give me your thoughts and go buy a copy of "The Defense" by Nabokov!

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But if we do start like a lighter version of this for those of us without steel brains I would like to recommend "Of Human Bondage" by _ Somerset Maugham
That's my second favourite book :D

That Nabokov book sounds really good. I'll read it once my exams are over (couple of weeks), then if this club thing's started up I'll join in. I think it's a good idea, I've found that reading books by authors who deal with the kinds of problems I obsess over can help to see them in rather healthier ways (The 'meaning of life' concept in Of Human Bondage is a really nice simple one, just a metaphor, but a pretty and reassuring one. And when I can't do anything else I read Hermann Hesse and it always makes me feel a bit more human). Let's not do any Sartre though!
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