Ikke min egen, men Sam Kriss’ anmeldelse under navnet “Book of Lamentations“. Bogen han anmelder? American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, den største liste og beskrivelse af mentale lidelser.

Men Kriss anmelder bogen som om den var en roman.

The narrative voice of the book affects a tone of clinical detachment, one in which drinking coffee and paranoid-type schizophrenia can be discussed with the same flat tone. Under the pretense of dispassion this voice embodies a whole raft of terrifying preconceptions. Just like the neurological disorders that appear at the start of the book, mental illnesses appear like lightning bolts, with all their aura of divine randomness.

The entry on caffeine intoxication disorder informs us, with every appearance of seriousness, that the diagnostic criteria include “recent consumption of caffeine” along with “1) restlessness 2) nervousness 3) excitement.”

Måske er det den eneste måde at læse bogen på uden at blive skør :-)

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