Navigating the Space Between Brilliance & Madness

Navigating the Space Between Brilliance & Madness

by Sascha Altman DuBrul and The Icarus Project

A reader and road map of bipolar worlds. This is a product (co-authored by Ashley McNamara) built from the many stories of the amazing members of The Icarus Project. Assembled beautifully with jagged pieces of a collective experience, the lessons and scars create an atlas of alternative maps to the particular breed of madness that gets called bipolar, and the ways people are making it through. Traveling through subconscious and waking worlds, from hospital waiting rooms to collective house kitchens, from the desert to the supermarket, these pages chart some of the underground tunnels beneath the mainstream medical model of treatment and the pathologizing language that alienates so many people. Some of these maps will help you to navigate through the existing architecture of the mental health establishment; some of them might help you figure out for yourself where you stand in relation to the larger ecosystem of the earth and the people who inhabit it. A new and exciting model to study mental health with.