While it’s not a subject I’ve written about much on this blog, a key narrative theme in my book Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road is my coming to terms with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. The publication of the book essentially “outed” me, in a manner in which I had the most control; my own words. I also knew that since Committed–a literary memoir from a small press–was unlikely to be a bestseller or read by many I cross paths with in my day job, my condition would still remain unknown to many people.
No more. I agreed on Monday to be interviewed by New York Times columnist Alina Tugend about my condition; the story (in my mind anyway) was about me outing myself with my book, but it took a different turn. Still, I am the featured person in the story, with a photo and everything (the photo shoot occurred Tuesday, while I was doing a reading of Committed at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland). The story went live online yesterday and is in today’s (Saturday) print edition.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds now.