For this reader Jill Treadwell's ability to write with such piercing clarity the working of a bipolar mind as well as the mindset and behavior of an alcoholic ranks her among the finest descriptors. That is not to say this is a depressing book. Quite the opposite! This book is brimming over with hilarious moments, even the potential tragedies are remolded to share the human comedy aspect of a life misguidedly directed. We see her world as she sees it, feel the angst as she tries to cope with it, and celebrate the victories she finally attains with complete entertainment always present. At an important turning point or dénouement she writes, `Things are falling int place. I am beginning to accept my age, my bipolar, that I am unemployed and living with my mother and have not even a hint of a boyfriend, much less a husband. I instead focus on the fact that I have people who love me and some pretty amazing friends. Maybe that's all I am going to get and maybe that's all I need. I begin to further the attributes of my bicycle riding eccentric spinsterhood; it begins to be a fun identity. I wear bizarre sundresses and sunglasses and let peculiar sentences and concepts roll off my tongue.'
This is an important book (especially in light of the current mess of a health crisis we are witnessing and an economic stalemate that injures us all), but it is also a very well written book. It could use some fine -tuning in the editorial department, but that is minor. In the end we love this goofy lady and are left cheering with her. Grady Harp, May 12
From the Author
Jill Treadwell began her interest in interactive media at the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico studying with video pioneers Woody and Steina Vasulka. She is currently writing prose, dialogue, lyrics, poetry, and philosophical noetics for a multi-media project with Melody Sumner Carnahan. She is also working in collaboration with Russell Chartier and Paul Botelho on a video piece, Devil On a Dam, which features her writing and is currently being shown internationally. She is a videographer who has worked in Advertising and Contemporary Art. As she enters into her late '30's she has been inspired to attempt something more mainstream than her usual experimental investigations into language.