The Evil Hours: a Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorderby David Morris
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)
"The central image of post-traumatic stress is that of Ishmael at the end of Moby Dick, floating atop Queequeg's coffin, looking out over the vastness of the sea."
WTF? I'm reading a book about PTSD and the author is quoting some VA shrink, describing a scene from a book about a goddam whale? Actually, yes and for good reason. David Morris's "The Evil Hours: a Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" contains plenty of medical/neurological information and tons of psychological references. But the author is a journalist, and an ex-Marine infantry officer (yeah, yeah, I know there's no such thing as an ex-Marine) who can actually write. The book is a joy to read about a joyless subject, because he believes that "Stories in the form of literature helps to understand the enigma of survival in a way that no other technology can... Read More