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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (August 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405985
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It’s brutally honest and actually quite entertaining, if watching someone go through mental hell can be entertaining. (It can.) He may have lost his memory, but it’s obvious he never lost his sense of humor.”
USA Today

“The classic assignment for a journalist is the profile — the detailed portrait of someone's motivations, psyche, hopes and dreams. Vanity Fair writer Ned Zeman takes it one step further in his book, and profiles himself. Taking the same tact that he did with his stories about those who pushed the limits and died young, Zeman chronicles his wild time with depression, mood swings and shock treatment therapy.”
Los Angeles Times

Editor’s Pick, “a gifted writer, capable of the kind of cut-glass prose to be carried into sunlight and admired from all angles”
New York Times Book Review

Four Stars, “sobering, laugh-out-loud”
People Magazine

“In The Rules of the Tunnel…Zeman recounts his tumble down the rabbit hole of depression, and the therapy that would erase two years of memory, forcing him to use his skills as a reporter to reconstruct his life, and in the process re-examine what makes life worth living.”
Vanity Fair

“Haunting”
Booklist

“Ensconced in L.A., nurtured by a cadre of caring friends, Zeman experiments with psych wards, pharmacological cycles, and shock treatments by turns frightening and enlightening, and conveys his "melancholic demeanor" with tremendous wit and verve.”
Publisher's Weekly

“With unflinching precision and a welcome dose of gallows humor, the author catalogues his lifelong struggle with depression and numerous attempts to combat it. Zeman is a first-rate storyteller with a vast and glittering array of anecdotes from which to draw. He draws readers in with fresh, well-crafted tales of terror, anguish and occasional triumph. [The Rules of the Tunnel] is an exact, revealing and intermittently moving portrait of a talented but struggling artist.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Rules of the Tunnel is a marvelous piece of storytelling, racing forward at 110 mph and carrying you along by the hair. Zeman's writing is absolutely addictive. His portraits of people are quick and incisive, and the picture he paints of the media industry is hysterical, snarky, and apt. But it's Zeman's brutal honesty about himself and the wild ride he's been on that will win you over. This is simply a hell of a book.”
—Marya Hornbacher, New York Times bestselling author of Madness: A Bipolar Life and Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

 “Ned Zeman is simply one of the best writers we have and in his honest memoir of depression, mania and amnesia he uses his journalist’s skills to reconstruct events in a way that is compulsively entertaining. Read one page of this book. Just one page. I bet you won’t be able to put it down.”

—Bryan Burrough, New York Times bestselling author of The Big Rich and Public Enemies



“This is a breath-taking dive into a dark corner of the mind, beautifully written, courageous and almost painfully comic.”
—Ben Macintyre, author of Operation Mincemeat --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ned Zeman is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and has written for Newsweek, Spy, GQ, Outside, and Sports Illustrated. Two of his articles were finalists for the National Magazine Award, and he cowrote the screenplay for Sugarland, a film starring Jodie Foster. He lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Bravo Mr. Zeman.
Movie-Maven
And I finished this book really hopeful that Mr. Zeman will be able to continue with his writing career with more books that are as riveting as this.
Maf
It was a fairly "easy" read but at the same time was very well-written.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By LA Reader on August 6, 2011
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I was floored by The Rules of the Tunnel. Ned Zeman's bravery, wit, literary talent and utter humanity is nothing short of awesome. All at once it is heart-wrenching, beautifully haunting and laugh-out-loud funny. Sure, it's a memoir of Zeman's struggle with sometimes crippling depression, but it is much more than that (and way more compelling than some traditional self-pitying 'misery lit') -- it's a brilliant story of a man truly livng life. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles Green on January 17, 2012
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I really had high hopes for this memoir after reading a blurb in Vanity Fair. Alas, the author did not deliver for me. First, the book's publicity promotes it as the loss of his memory after ECT and having to recreate his life; but this does not happen until the last 25% of the memoir--and the re-creation aspect never gels. Most of the memoir we experience a real egotist who portrays himself as catnip to the ladies which is as baffling as why he would even have friends. And where does someone accumulate so much money for ECT when they can barely hold down a job? Don't expect answers to that or other "What the f---?" moments. The narrative is so totally scattered that I gave the author the benefit of the doubt thinking "he is writing as if we are inside his head, getting bits and pieces of his disconnected life just as he experienced it." Sadly, that was not his intention. Where was the memoir's editor?

The good news is that his turn of phrase, his use of language is quite brilliant (and is what kept me slogging through his memoir). And I see potential here; a good screenwriter could turn this into gold, especially if it was directed by Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Up in the Air).

I would read him again, but only his magazine articles.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Maf on August 7, 2011
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This book really helps one understand the despair and isolation a depressed person feels. I couldn't put this book down. The author does a fantastic job of providing insight and empathy to his situation without coming across as whining or feeling sorry for himself. He deftly describes the kindness and love of his friends and family. He also bravely describes some not-very-kind things he does when he is in the midst of his madness. And I finished this book really hopeful that Mr. Zeman will be able to continue with his writing career with more books that are as riveting as this.
A must-read for someone who has suffered from depression or is close to someone who is. Very insightful.
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The Rules of the Tunnel is author Ned Zeman's story about his "brief period of madness" - otherwise known as his lifelong experience with depression and anxiety disorders seasoned with his stint with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). A review copy of the book was provided free of charge by LuxuryReading.com.

By all appearances, Ned had it all - he was a writer for Vanity Fair, "work" consisted of dividing his time between fairly glamorous book/magazine parties and celebrity interviews, lived in New York City and Los Angeles-adjacent Canyons, experienced more than his share of the endless party lifestyle with the proverbial triumvirate of wine, women and song. But inside, he was a veritable ocean of insecurity and anxiety. He spent many a day self-medicating, self-therapying, and self-indulging - on top of the many a year of professional medicating and therapying. But what did he have to show for it? Well, a host of articles, a slew of ex-girlfriends, and a rather impressive collection of missing memories. The missing memories are due to the ECT, Zeman's last-ditch attempt at becoming "normal" - or whatever approximates normal in the modern world.

His story is engaging and often very disjointed - at least it felt that way to me. At first, I thought this was a failing of the author or writing style. As the story progressed, I began to think it was intentional though, an attempt to translate the workings of his head (or, perhaps more aptly, the non-workings) into black and white print as a means of demonstrating what it felt like to live inside that head.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JudyG on August 6, 2011
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THE BELL JAR meets THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA from a guy's POV. Great summer read. Has it all--madness, gossip, movie stars, redemption. Dark and funny. Totally recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Movie-Maven on August 24, 2011
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Ordered this the day it became available. I dont usually buy new books because of the high price, but after reading the review in The Chicago Tribune, thought I would chance it. It was money well spent.

The author is undoubtedly an excellent writer, more importantly he is able to write about the dark side of his life struggling with the hidden disability of depression. I could not put this book down once I started reading it and finished it the same day. Having struggled for years with major depression, generalized anxiety disorder and chronic pain I could empathize with everything he went through to find relief and end to his suffering. I am glad he persevered and found answers and treatment that worked after years of failed attempts.

The most inspiring part of his story is that he has four solid friends and a supportive family that helped him throughout his ordeals. They stuck by him. They supported him. They took care of him when he could not take care of himself. He, and they, never gave up, trying first one treatment option, then another, changing psychiatrists when treatments failed.

Bravo Mr. Zeman. I am glad you persevered and stayed around to tell your story. You give me hope that one day too I will find the right answers and live a healthier life.
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