The Rules of the Tunnel by Ned Zeman
A Brief Period of Madness

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A journalist faces his toughest assignment: profiling himself as he struggles with mood disorders, memory, shock treatment therapy, and the quest to get back to normal.

Twenty-five million Americans suffer from clinical depression. But Ned Zeman never thought he’d be one of them. He had a great life and thriving career at Vanity Fair.

Then, at age thirty-two, anxiety and depression gripped Zeman with increasing violence and consequences. He experimented with therapist after therapist, medication after medication, hospital after hospital—including McLean Hospital, the facility famed for its treatment of writers, from Sylvia Plath to Susanna Kaysen to David Foster Wallace. Zeman eventually went further by trying electroconvulsive therapy, aka shock treatment.

By the time it was over, Zeman had lost nearly two years’ of memory. He was a reporter with amnesia. He had no choice but to start from scratch, to reassemble the pieces of a life he didn’t remember and, increasingly, didn’t want to.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, profane and hopeful, The Rules of the Tunnel is a guttural shout of a book that defies conventional notions about mood disorders, unlocks mysteries within mysteries, and proves that sometimes everything you’re looking for is right in front of you.


 

About Ned Zeman

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NED ZEMAN is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where he has covered a wide range of subjects: crime, politics, Hollywood, and outdoor adventure. He has also written for Newsweek, Spy, GQ, Outside, and Sports Illustrated. Two of his articles have been finalists for the National Magazine Award, and he cowrote the screenplay for Sugarland, a forthcoming film starring Jodie Foster. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published August 4, 2011 by Gotham Books. 316 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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When standard talk therapy in combination with various prescription drugs proved ineffective, Zeman turned to ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), the “method of last resort.” Formerly known as electroshock therapy and heavily associated in the minds of most people, including the author, with extreme...

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The New York Times

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Yet the book becomes much more engaging when Zeman searches for answers to his problems within the lives of other troubled men, whose stories provide an anchor — for Zeman and his book — as his own narrative spins into mania and incoherence.

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Publishers Weekly

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In 1997 Zeman first started at VF, eager to follow in the footsteps of his literary heroes Capote and Mailer and not be outclassed by the trappings of what Zeman calls the "Media-Industrial Complex";

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BC Books

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Never understanding what my sister experiences but always curious, Zeman’s story lures a reader in with great detail even when he doesn’t quite remember.

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New York Journal of Books

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“The word depression never came up,” Mr. Zeman writes.Mr. Zeman describes the following years, which began with 9/11 and ended with the financial crisis of 2008, as the tunnel of his book’s title, a long, lonely trek marked by willful social isolation, failed relationships, stalled writing projec...

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New York Journal of Books

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“If the human mind is capable of solving the problems of the human mind, Ned Zeman is living proof of that hypothesis.”Who knew that reading a memoir about depression, mania, and amnesia could be so much fun?

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Bookmarks Magazine

Zeman eventually went further, by trying electroconvulsive therapy, aka shock treatment, aka "the treatment of last resort."

By the time it was over, Zeman had lost nearly two years' worth of memory.

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