I Wanna Be Literated #242

I Wanna Be Literated #242

Monday, 30 August 2021

by Kurt Morris

Kurt Morris is a longtime contributor to Razorcake Magazine, writer, and all-around nice guy. I’m proud to call him a friend. I am particularly proud of his history with mental illness and how his writing is focused on raising awareness and telling his story. He has already written a book partially dealing with these traumatic events in his life called My War where he breaks down Black Flag’s album and how the songs relate to him. His new book Enough digs a little deeper into his struggles with depression, suicide, and mental health.

Enough is a lot of things: an autobiography, a confessional, and a guide. It starts with an account of his upbringing and when Kurt first became aware that there’s this creature of depression and suicide looming over him (he envisions it as a wolf), and then follows through detailing his experiences in psychiatric wards and mental institutions. Kurt takes us through the details of checking oneself in, waiting to be admitted, what he saw once inside, and the daily nuances and activities involved. Most importantly, he gives his perspective on how these experiences contributed to his mental health, what his expectations were, and what he learnt during the process. There’s also an element of relating how these experiences happened to affect his life trajectory at the moment. It’s both enlightening and heartbreaking.

Enough offers an interesting account of something many of us have wondered about but might never get a chance to experience. And why would we want to? It’s clear, however, that this book tells a story that will help many people and hopefully put them in a better place than they were before.

Get it from Kurt Morris.

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