In a belated acknowledgment of 21st century technology, All About Jazz's own columnist/reviewer Dr. Judith Schlesinger
has finally made her acclaimed book, The Insanity Hoax: Exposing the myth of the mad genius
into a Kindle edition.
Even better: for two days, The Insanity Hoax
will be available on amazon.com for free (and she's only telling her friends at AAJ).
You can still get the paperback on amazon, as well as signed copies at the author's web site (cleverly called theinsanityhoax.com), but a free e" can be yours from Thanksgiving, November 22, through Saturday, November 24, 2012.
And speaking of good news:The Insanity Hoax
has become a textbook at the Royal College of Music in London, as part of their Master's program in Performance Science, and is now required reading at Temple University's advanced seminar in creativity and psychopathology. Schlesinger was also asked to contribute a chapter to an upcoming textbook called Creativity and Mental Illness
(due from Cambridge University Press in 2013).
So far Schlesinger has done two NPR interviews, two public lectures, and an appearance on The Huffington Post Live
(the NPRs and the Huffpo are archived on the aforementioned Web site). With an increasing number of reviews and features in the U.S., England and Germany, and two call-in radio shows on the near horizon, the word is really getting out: there is no reason to believe that creative people (including jazz musicians)are any crazier than anybody else.
If you have any doubts, just get a copy of The Insanity Hoax
in any form. This is the same book that Chris Brubeck
called fascinating, insightful, and surprisingly funny."