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As a child, Andy Behrman exhibited the same obsessive-compulsive tendencies and heightened sense of self that characterized other members of his family, and during high school -- bothered by frequent, destructive impulses he couldn't control -- Andy saw his first psychiatrist. Meeting with little success, Andy also sought help in college when he fell into a debilitating depression and somehow managed to graduate. But post-graduation, he developed a frantic need to keep moving at increasing rates of speed, harnessing this fearful stamina and propelling himself into the vortex of stylishly untamed young New York professionals in the 1980s.
Convincing the parents of his friends to invest in a film he planned to produce, Andy used the money instead to finance his own high-end lifestyle; he accepted a job at Giorgio Armani, only to steal thousands of dollars' worth of clothing. But Andy avoided the headlines of the local tabloids until he became employed by the controversial pop artist Mark Kostabi and was discovered forging the artist's signature on copies of his paintings, which were, arguably, forgeries themselves.
For sufferers of manic depression, that "sense of control" is really a spiraling descent into complete turmoil, but for years Andy Behrman was able to camouflage his raging madness as a flamboyant, larger-than-life personality. Finally, when Andy was convicted of fraud, he was no longer able to rely on the antidepressants, tranquilizers, alcohol, and other drugs with which he had medicated himself. Electroboy is every bit exhibitionistic as the author himself; a candid story of the tortures of mental illness by a writer who illustrates with absolute clarity a world in which nothing is clear. (Spring 2002 Selection)