The Midnight Disease Review

From my review of The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain by Alice Weaver Flaherty for PRISM international.

Alice W. Flaherty remembers the moment she went from being a scientist to being a writer—it was by the Charles River Dam in her hometown of Boston when the phrase “the opposite of writer’s block” came into her head. But this wasn’t normal artistic inspiration. Flaherty was a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, but at the time she was suffering from acute depression of which one of the symptoms was “hypergraphia,” an urge to write so intense it nearly destroyed her. The Midnight Disease is Flaherty’s attempt to reconcile her knowledge of the brain with her compulsive feelings of artistic inspiration.