8 February 2012

Loud in the House of Myself : Stacy Pershall on Woman-Stirred Radio



Stacy Pershall
This week on Woman-Stirred Radio, at 5:00 p.m.,  author Stacy Pershall visits with Merry Gangemi to talk about her memoir, Loud in the House of Myself, published last year by W.W. Norton, and re-released, in paperback, last month.Hailing from Prairie Grove, Arkansas, Pershall grew up in the 1970s, the decade of Vietnam, Watergate, Kent State, and Janet Jackson, when the average starting salary was $7,600.00 and the national debt only $382 billion.

From her life as a Jesus freak to a belly dancer and writer in New York City, Loud in the House of Myself, is a narrative of being different, brilliant, and wack-a-doo---all at the same time.

Pershall's voice is bold, wry, and her behavior, at times, is comical. But it is not light reading. Loud in the House of Myself is a deeply insightful and existential, a well-crafted memoir which brings the reader, like Dante on his metaphoric journey through Hell, down and back again from the harsh difficulties of mental illness. Loud in the House of Myself is also a map and thesaurus of the emotional intelligence needed to understand oneself, and of the fierce, successful determination to take back control of one's life.

Stacy Pershall describes herself as having a body "made... of color and light." Her skin "is made of lightning bolts, robots, rockets, cats, the Bride of Frankenstein, Laurie Anderson quotes." Her tattoos remind her of "who I am and what I'm made of, and the unfilled lines of a work in progress."

Stacy Pershall lives in New York City and holds an MFA in new media art from the University of Cincinnati. She is a member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau, and lectures widely on issues of mental health, body modification, and bullying.

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