The Rules of the Tunnel: My Brief Period of Madness

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A journalist faces his toughest assignment: profiling himself as he struggles with mood disorders, memory, shock treatment therapy, and the quest to get back to normal.

Twenty-five million Americans suffer from clinical depression. But Ned Zeman never thought he’d be one of them. He had a great life and thriving career at Vanity Fair.

Then, at age thirty-two, anxiety and depression gripped Zeman with increasing violence and consequences. He ...

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Overview

A journalist faces his toughest assignment: profiling himself as he struggles with mood disorders, memory, shock treatment therapy, and the quest to get back to normal.

Twenty-five million Americans suffer from clinical depression. But Ned Zeman never thought he’d be one of them. He had a great life and thriving career at Vanity Fair.

Then, at age thirty-two, anxiety and depression gripped Zeman with increasing violence and consequences. He experimented with therapist after therapist, medication after medication, hospital after hospital—including McLean Hospital, the facility famed for its treatment of writers, from Sylvia Plath to Susanna Kaysen to David Foster Wallace. Zeman eventually went further by trying electroconvulsive therapy, aka shock treatment.

By the time it was over, Zeman had lost nearly two years’ of memory. He was a reporter with amnesia. He had no choice but to start from scratch, to reassemble the pieces of a life he didn’t remember and, increasingly, didn’t want to.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, profane and hopeful, The Rules of the Tunnel is a guttural shout of a book that defies conventional notions about mood disorders, unlocks mysteries within mysteries, and proves that sometimes everything you’re looking for is right in front of you.

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Los Angeles Times

“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.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592407217
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 687,865
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Impossible to classify! Just read it!

    Is it an adventure story, a fantasy, a tell all of writers/editors and self-revelation? Yes, it is all this and more. "The Rules of the Tunnel - My Brief Period of Madness" is a compelling, witty, and at times, heartbreaking ride with Ned Zeman and his true and very plausible reality-trip toward sanity. My hope for him is safe, stable mental health, but to leave room for his gift of manic magic.

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