AUTHOR: R.D Laing
NUMBER OF PAGES: 96
DATE OF PUBLICATION: April 12, 1972
This book is NUTS, BANANAS, CRAZY IN A GOOD WAY and MIND TWISTING. R.D Laing was a well-known Psychiatrist so when I first saw this book with my professor who teaches a course called abnormal psychology, I did not expect anything normal from it. There were some tongue and mind twisting short poems in this piece that requires just commonsense to understand. He talked about morality, sanity, insanity, habits, and love in his piece. R.D Laing has a daunting and unique style of writing and it is hard to deny its quality. This book circulates about mental health too. It presents madness in a normal way. It drew me to realize that no matter how much “normal” I’ll like myself to be, there is still that one “knot” or more twisted areas that will never fit into the society. In another way, it made me see that no matter how “knots” and twisted I think I am, someone out there wants to be like me because they think I am “normal.” This collection made me question what is really “normal.”
I imitated his style of writing while working on my second collection and this book particularly inspired me to talk about the problems I face as an introvert. I found confidence and liberation in being normal in a different way and different in a normal way through this book. I am starting to fall in love with books written in the 70’s and 80’s.