Charles Barber
Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors
September 18, 2019 Comments.. 146
Songs from the Black Chair A Memoir of Mental Interiors Day after day night after night desperate men come to sit in the black chair next to Charles Barber s desk in a basement office at Bellevue and tell of their travails of prison and disease of viol

  • Title: Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors
  • Author: Charles Barber
  • ISBN: 9780803259751
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • Day after day, night after night, desperate men come to sit in the black chair next to Charles Barber s desk in a basement office at Bellevue and tell of their travails, of prison and disease, of violence and the voices that plague them Between the stories, amid the peeling paint, musty odor, and flickering fluorescent light of his office, Barber observes that this isn tDay after day, night after night, desperate men come to sit in the black chair next to Charles Barber s desk in a basement office at Bellevue and tell of their travails, of prison and disease, of violence and the voices that plague them Between the stories, amid the peeling paint, musty odor, and flickering fluorescent light of his office, Barber observes that this isn t really where he is supposed to be and reveals his privileged youth in contrast to his own nightmare of mental illness By relating these troubled lives to his own, Barber illuminates some of the most disturbing and enduring truths of human nature.

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    1 Blog on “Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors

    1. PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith says:

      I appreciated that while this is a recovery narrative, with the expected section lauding prozac, that theme didn't take over the narrative. There's only so much time I want to spend on a drug advertisement; experience is much more interesting than cure.The story, as the subtitle "a memoir of mental interiors" suggests, is primarily focused on describing the experience of mental distress - that of Barber himself with his painful obsessive thoughts, that of Barber's homeless clients with their vis [...]

    2. Tim says:

      We have strange attitudes toward mental illness. Psychological disorders aren't so bad if they give us characters who entertain us on television (the obsessive compulsive title character in Monk), in movies (the multiple phobias and disorders in What About Bob?) or even in classic literary works (the depression of Winnie the Pooh's Eeyore and apparent anxiety disorder of Piglet). Yet many are so afraid of the stigma attached to mental illness that they hide its existence in relatives and certain [...]

    3. Heather Goff says:

      Beautifully written. Charlie Barber is fantastic - especially when he compliments my writing :)Look for his next book, "Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Medicated a Nation." It's another great one.

    4. Cristy says:

      Contrary to the title, the majority of this book is spent exploring the author's childhood & adolescence, culminating in the suicide of his close friend at 22. Barber explores the depression and OCD tendencies in himself and his two friends, all upper-middle class white males in the mid-20th century. While he broaches the subject of why they all 'dropped out' of their priviledged lives at least for a time (Barber recouped with a Columbia graduate degree - in film, perhaps? - and a lecturer p [...]

    5. Bethany says:

      Songs from the Black Chair has a subtitle of “A Memoir of Mental Interiors.” This is extremely accurate, and very well done. Barber shows with exquisite detail his experiences with OCD as well as others’ experiences that he has observed as a psychologist. The first half of the book deals with the effects that a friend’s suicide has on his life, and though sad, offers a poignant depiction of what people go through following such an event.I recommend this to anyone who finds mental illness [...]

    6. Verna says:

      This is a serious and well written book about mental illness. The author has OCD himself and this gives him much insight and understanding into others who are suffering from mental illness. When one of his best friends dies from suicide, this sets into motion a decision to work with the severely mentally ill. This book is an attempt to come to terms with his OCD, his friend's death and his choice of a career. Much helpful information along with fascinating stories about the down and out segment [...]

    7. Kelli says:

      The title of this book was a little misleading. I understood that it was a memoir, and therefore would contain the story of his childhood to set the tone. But, his background became bulk of the story. The actual "songs from the black chair" felt like an afterthought towards the end of the book. A slightly slow read. I did buy this from a library sale (signed) on a trip to Vermont, so I guess I got my money's worth.

    8. Emma says:

      This did not turn out to be the book that the person who gave it to me said it would be but I liked it just fine. The title is a bit misleading in that the book doesn't really focus on the patients who sit in the black chair at all and instead is a rumination of the suicide of a friend and the author's struggles with OCD. It was engaging nonetheless.

    9. Angel says:

      The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.- FitzgeraldThank you for writing your memoir, Mr Barber, it was very touching. I'll have to adopt your literary compass as well.

    10. David Gleeson says:

      A fine memoir of overcoming the odds. Had to put it down three-quarters of the way through after he'd promised to set a new course and seemed to have failed. Ultimately he brings it around and it's worth the traipse through so much suffering.

    11. Robbie says:

      This book was amazing. The way Charles Barber spoke to the reader was amazing I felt effected by his life and his discovieres.

    12. Heather says:

      This book is too disjointed, I do love the mental health and suicide parts, but I really just couldn't get into it.

    13. Lisa says:

      Hard reading at times but humbling and inspiring in the end.

    14. Jill says:

      Really enjoyed how the author shared his story along with those of his clients and his friend. I think it's a beautiful story and has a rawness to it as well

    15. Jason says:

      Sort of a unique book on mental health. It has an unusual format - partly autobiographical, partly biographical, partly from the perspective of a mental health worker

    16. Kimberly Simpson says:

      One of the best books i have read on mental illness. Great memoir!

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