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Asylum: Hollywood Tales from My Great Depression: Brain Dis-Ease, Recovery, and Being My Mother's Son Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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“Joey has written a brave, fascinating book. It is astonishing what people will put themselves through for the privilege of acting. Maybe we just can’t help it.”
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“Bravo! Joe Pantoliano’s very honest, moving, hilarious, and tragic telling of a life’s journey is both profound and enlightening. Asylum will make anyone who reads it a more generous and understanding human being.”
Robert Irvin, M.D., Instructor of Psychiatry,Harvard Medical School
“Pantoliano’s book reveals his ever-evolving understanding of himself and his disease through a retrospective analysis of his life’s most painful and jubilant experiences. The book provides a model of inspiration and courage for those who suffer from mental illness in silence to come forward and seek the life-changing help that is currently available.”
About the Author
Joe Pantoliano was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. He has more than one hundred movie, TV, and stage credits, and won an Emmy Award for his work on The Sopranos. His first book, Who’s Sorry Now? The True Story of a Stand-up Guy, was a New York Times bestseller. Pantoliano is also the founder of No Kidding, Me Too!, a nonprofit organization “whose purpose is to remove the stigma attached to ‘brain dis-ease’ through education and the breaking down of societal barriers.” He produced and directed the documentary No Kidding! Me 2!, an intimate look at the experiences of Americans living with mental illness. He lives in Connecticut.
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In my opinion, this story is a look into part of the Hollywood mindset and to a degree the dysfunctional way of thinking that we must all struggle against more or less, depending upon the individual. (In his words:egomaniac with an inferiority complex) It's the unbridled desire to be loved(worshipped) by others in the case of Hollywood and it's equivalents (Bollywood). Briefcases full of money and almost unlimited sexual exploits are the other two main reasons for individuals taking up this profession. In all truth, if someone loved the acting profession, the purest way to do it is via live stage acting. You get immediate feedback from the audience as well as the adrenaline rush that goes with it. Many would call this real acting, which is more difficult than acting for a camera and director(you only get one take and perform the same show several times a week) and can pay far less too. In my opinion, the main reason for pursuing larger audiences of TV or Movies have already been mentioned- Fame, money, and sex.
Joe's book delves into his humble past with copious and brutal honesty. He had many lean years and made many mistakes in his personal life and eventually "succeeded " in his business by sheer determination and effort, never giving up.
I can recommend this book as a peek into the life of a Hollywood actor and I found it educational from a human nature point of view. As such, I don't recommend the acting profession because these pitfalls(along with drugs and alcohol)are occupational hazards to the acting profession just as they are in much of the music profession. The nature of motion pictures is that we admire these people, when in reality we don't know them at all. In fact, the more I find out about these people, the more disappointed(and enlightened) I am.
It seems that JP feels some emptiness in his heart, and it has created problems throughout his life. Looking in from the outside, it may initially seem that except for early hardships, he has had a charmed life. But then he lets us in on the private parts where contrary to what it seems, episodically he has had some intensely painful, depressing times , that could have been lessened, or maybe even avoided, if his chemical imbalance had been treated earlier.
In spite of having an excess of therapy, it seems he was not correctly diagnosed until he had suffered for years not having a clue that much of this stemmed from his childhood environment /nurture along with his particular brain chemistry/genetics /nature.
The message I got from this book, is he wants to increase awareness about depression and brain disease, and the effect it has on the quality of individual lives. The point being that if we analyze some of these feelings and behaviors in a non judgmental way, and encourage ourselves or others to seek treatment earlier, it will improve the quality of life for not only the individual, but others in their lives as well.
My opinion of the straight jacket on the cover is that it was just a catchy gimmick, and not meant to offend. Just throw it away if you don't like it.
I noticed a couple of errors, but it wasn't a big deal. If it bothers you excessively.. seek treatment... smile...
Asylum was gripping, rarely do I read a book that is so captivating that from the very first word I knew I would be held hostage.
Joey Pants account of his journey through madness is not only compelling, but leaves readers with a new understanding of what survival really means.
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