Barking Mad

I just heard, on npr, an interview with Julie Holland, re: her new book: Weekends at Bellevue. It caught my interest firstly because:

When I was in elementary school, I spent every thursday afternoon for almost 2 years at Bellevue.  I had extreme asthma, and a single Mom who made very little money, so Bellevue was the place to go.  They made a sweet guinea pig out of me and left my body with lasting effects from extreme meds, such as epinephrine, ephedrine, and prednisone, liberally pumped into my pre-pubescent body.

Meanwhile, I also worried about the occasional tauntings from classmates re: going to Bellevue, otherwise known as the Loony Bin.  Uh huh.

I was also drawn in because the interview (by Terri Gross) began with questions re: The Naked Dude Barking in Times Square (immediately, I wanted to be a naked dude barking in times square!) ( – dude as asexual reference to cool humanoid).

Naturally, the police took him to Bellevue, and it was Julie who determined right quick that this dude was having a manic episode, cause if you’re naked and barking in Times Square, you must be either having a manic episode, or you’re on drugs.

She related that he was saying the kinds of things that people only say when they are having some kind of drug induced mania, namely that

Everything is connected, our cells are connected;

the molecules in his body were intermingling with the molecules in her body and they were therefore connected;

something someone might think, but wouldn’t normally say – unless they were on drugs, or having a manic episode.


She also said that any of us can go crazy at any time and can be brought to Bellevue –


and she said:

“I can tell when somebody’s lying”


and that

“naked running is PCP” (meaning naked running is symptomatic of being on PCP)

But (not to be confused with Butt) Naked and Barking in Times Square:

Could it possibly be that you’re just sick and fuckin’ tired of all this bullshit?

After all, isn’t everyone barking?

And mad?

Diagnose me.

ps. did you know that “edp” is cop talk for “emotionally disturbed person”?

We are all edp.

Planet Earth is an edp.

pps. Beware the DSM.

≥ruff ruff≤

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