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CoastLine: Donald Antrim On Losing Conceits, The Physicality Of Mental Illness

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John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
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Donald Antrim, Writer for The New Yorker

Donald Antrim is a MacArthur Genius.  He’s written three novels, Elect Mr. Robinson For A Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist.  

In 2006, he released a memoir, The Afterlife, and eight years later he published a collection of short stories:  The Emerald Light In The Air

He’s a writer for The New Yorker, and he expects to publish work in the coming weeks about his struggle with mental illness, his brushes with suicide and electro-convulsive therapy, and the reasons he believes the path to healing from mental illness includes stripping away stigma and romanticism, and recognizing its physical reality.