She mentioned that she'd been in mental institutions in the past, and I asked her if she'd read Susanna Kaysen's memoir, Girl Interrupted. "Yes!" she said. "That was basically my life." She said she'd been with a lot of unwell people, but that she also no longer believed in the whole field of psychiatry. "More like 'diag-nonsense,'" she said. She was very excited to find Huxley's Brave New World. She's been meaning to reread it for ages. A quote from Kaysen:
Was I ever crazy? Maybe. Or maybe life is… Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified. If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it. If you ever wished you could be a child forever..