Lou Reed as Lou Reed Zoe Miller as the young Elizabeth Wurtzel Release[ edit ] The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, ; distribution rights were acquired by Miramax Films with the intent of giving the film a wider theatrical release. Months of subsequent test screenings and re-edits of the film never led to a broad commercial release. It premiered on the Starz!
My life has been one long longing. I had it in my head that it was some kind of ideological expose on the sad state of our pop-a-pill, medicatedly numb populace, but apparently I was thinking of some other book. I am permitted to continue hiding, and finish 3 other depressing novels before picking up this one.
Probably a bad idea—like the summer I spent with the curtains drawn reading Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Girl Interrupted, this is essentially just wallowing in it. Anyway, I am having a little trouble deciding how to feel about the book.
First of all, in my memory, I have associated Wurtzel with the feminist culture wars of the early 90s—a member, along with Naomi Wolf, Camille Paglia, and Katie Riophe, of the then new breed of anti-feminism.
In those years, I was still riding the wave of old-school radical feminism, studying Caroline MacKinnon, quoting Andrea Dworkin, and not shaving my legs.
At the time, I believed Wurtzel et al were trivializing the cause; these pretty feminists with their nude book covers and appeals to pop culture were reducing the earlier generation of feminists to prudish caricatures who hated sex as much as they hated men.
For all I know, I might be wrongly associating her with this crowd, confusing her with someone else—a hazard of reading a book that was once a cultural touchstone 15 years after its publication.
Who has the time now to go back and look up the critical reviews and discussion? And yet, I want to know, what did other people think of this book? What did the NY Times and publishing circles say about it?
Do other people think it is as whiny and self-indulgent and repetitive as I do, even while it speaks so directly to my own experience with the weltschemrz of depression? And instead they threw me away and tried to make me ordinary!
What do you know about anything?! But then, all of this is the nature of the beast really, for depression is nothing if not narcissistic. If her descriptions of her suffering seem repetitive, it is only because that is how it feels.
I mean, I feel like I have nothing to say but the same old words every time depression rears its ugly head in my life again and again. Nothing could be duller than the redundant passages in my diary over the past 30 years of oh how very depressed I am.
I am sure that everyone in my life is just as tired of hearing about my perpetual sadness as I am tired—so very, very tired, of feeling it. Years of depression have robbed me of that—well, that give, that elasticity that everyone else calls perspective.
I can barely update my Myspace profile. And the way she owns her depression, wears it like an eccentric sweater, a quaint, if slightly oddball character trait.
Why can she unabashedly break down in tears on the bathroom floor in the middle of a party, as opposed to me, hiding my depression under a cloak, so deathly ashamed of my tired old grief and emptiness?Folks may think more about great Chinese food than great walking when they head for Monterey Park.
But this is a great city stroll that will help you burn off the lo mein and moo shu. Here are. "Wrenching and comical, self-indulgent and self-aware, Prozac Nation possesses the raw candor of Joan Didion's essays, the irritating emotional exhibitionism of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, and the wry, dark humor of a Bob Dylan song."—The New York Times "Wurtzel is a very entertaining nut case.
Reading this book is like being locked up with her, /5(67). Rent Prozac Nation () starring Christina Ricci and Jessica Lange on DVD and Blu-ray.
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Prozac Nation is a American drama film directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg, starring Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs and Anne regardbouddhiste.com is based on an autobiography of the same name by Elizabeth Wurtzel, which describes Wurtzel's experiences with atypical depression.
The title is a reference to Prozac, the brand name of an antidepressant she was prescribed. Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America: A Memoir is an autobiography by Elizabeth Wurtzel, released in and adapted into an independent movie of the same name in In it, Wurtzel describes her experiences with major depression.
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