Saturday, January 3, 2009

Have truer words ever been spoken?

The loneliness and sad ache is overwhelming tonight. i don't feel alive, yet again, I feel like I don't belong to my body, mind or soul. Urge to put my hand through the mirror to see if I can get into a parallel universe.

Then I found this quote. Have truer words ever been spoken?
They put the thing down your throat so you don't swallow your tongue, and they put electrodes on your head. That's what was recommended in Rockland County to discourage homosexual feelings. The effect is that you lose your memory and become a vegetable. You can't read a book because you get to page seventeen and have to go right back to page one again-Lou Reed

Brilliant! And yes, this is what they do to you when you get it. It's been 6 years, six long years and I still cannot read!

I have tried for the last ten minutes to post this You Tube video. It's not working. Heroin by Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. The first song by Lou Reed I ever heard. One of the best guitars along with vintage Clapton and Duane Allman.


D Bunker said...

This is a bit noisier than Reed, Slow Hand or Sky Dog, but maybe it'll get you a smile. I hope. Masterplan: Spirit Never Die

Sherry said...

Aah. Lou Reed. Love him. I saw the Velvet Underground with Nico at the Boston Tea Party many years ago, with a side dish of Holy Modal Rounders. One of the best concerts I've ever been to. Thanks for the reminder. I didn't realize Lou had trod this well worn path of mental "health" (mental hell, anyone?). Du-uh. Where did I think those lyrics came from anyway???


Vivienne said...

you mean after ECT treatment you lose your memory?

susan said...

D Bunker- that is a brilliant video. Thank you. I added it to my favorites in You Tube.
I added your blog to my blog roll.

Sherry, I am so jealous! You saw them with Nico! Wow. She's been dead for 20 years and influenced so many people. I was always thrilled the Velvets had a girl drummer before bands were doing that. I think that is why I gravitate towards certain people, certain songs, certain books, and then it's a surprise and no surprise they have walked in the same path(s) as me.

Vivienne- Yes memory loss is a very common side effect of ECT. There is a good description of ECT on Wikipedia.

flawedplan said...

Oh he's a hero, I got to interview him for like 1 minute in '88 til my program director grabbed the phone from me and took it.

Listen to the fantastic Kill Your Sons: (All your two-bit psychiatrists
Are giving you electroshock
They said, theyd let you live at home with mom and dad
Instead of mental hospitals
But every time you tried to read a book
You couldnt get to page 17
cause you forgot where you were
So you couldnt even read
Well they're gonna kill, kill your sons)

Here's what Lou told the Austin American Statesman about his album Berlin (my favorite) when its theatrical premiere happened here last year:

Reed seemed at times to dwell on perceived slights and failings — where “Berlin” wasn’t or won’t be staged, which of his albums were out of print and the reviews that his drug- and jealousy-soaked 1973 suite received on its release.

“Worst album ever made,” he deadpanned (there was a lot of deadpan). “Most depressing album ever made. ‘Berlin’ was used in a lawsuit against me by management to show why I shouldn’t handle my own affairs.”


Andy A said...

Here I go being optimistic again, but:

An article from TIME magazine, May 2008

Memory: Forgetting Is the New Normal

"Something else is going on as we get older that also impairs memory: our brains are making fewer neurons. Until a decade ago, the common assumption was that we were born with a fixed number of brain cells that die off as we age, making us, well, dimmer. That, however, is not the case. It is now known that the brain continues to produce neurons throughout the life cycle, but only in two places: the olfactory bulb and the hippocampus. And not just anywhere in the hippocampus but in the dentate gyrus, the very node that Small has identified as the site of impairment in normal memory loss. So why should memory fade at all? The answer may come from the gym.

A decade ago, when neuroscientist Fred Gage of the Salk Institute made the discovery that the adult brain continues to regenerate, the brains in question belonged to mice. Some of the mice had been sedentary, others had been exercising, and the ones that logged the most miles on their wheels produced many more new neurons than did the sedentary ones.

Now it turns out that the same appears to be true for humans."

D Bunker said...

Thanks Andy; same article pg 3

"No matter what you eat, if you want to keep your memory sharp, you should strive for a diet that keeps your belly fat down. A study of more than 6,500 people published in the March 26 edition of the journal Neurology showed that people who were overweight and had a large belly were 2.3 times as likely to develop dementia as those with normal weight and belly size, while those who were obese and had a large belly were 3.6 times as likely. As scientists have long known, as belly fat--which disrupts body chemistry more than less reactive fat elsewhere on the body--increases, blood glucose rises along with it. Some of Small's most recent animal studies show that rising glucose levels in turn disrupt the function of the dentate gyrus. That doesn't draw a straight and conclusive line between waistline and memory, but it does suggest one. "It's possible," Small says, "that blood glucose, which tends to drift upward as we get older, is one of the main contributors to age-related memory decline in all of us."

And the 'Treatment' from Mental Health Pros is antipsychotics: which pack on flab to the point of inducing diabetes.

These logic inversions comprising Psychiatry make the Warner Bros Coyote look like Einstein, right when he's getting Anvil bashed by the Roadrunner.


I usually hesitate to inflict my musical tastes on others, but if you liked that tune you might try "Falling Sparrow" by the same band.

And since record company legal snarks often take stuff off of youtube you might also go to

They have a free toolbar add on for Firefox and Explorer that'll save tune/vids to your hard drive.

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