Daily Archives: November 1, 2011

The Musings of Carrie Fisher

First of all, I must say that Carrie Fisher has been one of my favorite celebrities since seeing Star Wars for the very first time. Not only did I desperately want to be Princess Leia, but in my younger years with my long brown hair people told me all the time that I actually looked like Carrie Fisher.

Well, perhaps there is a reason I’ve gravitated toward making her my own personal hero for so long: Carrie Fisher also has bipolar disorder.

I didn’t know it for a long time but was thrilled when I found out because she suddenly became even more of a hero to me. We have a lot more in common than I originally thought.

In her book Wishful Drinking published in 2009 she touches on a lot of subjects. Her celebrity, her childhood, a past struggling with alcohol abuse, and being bipolar (among other topics).

I read this one again fairly recently. Carrie Fisher’s writing style is humorous and organic, often flowing from one thought to the next without much structure to keep topics separate from one another. I found myself often wondering at the end of a chapter how I got there (the end being nowhere near the beginning) but being humored all the same.

Personally I wish the was more. The stories are so amusing and absurd that I feel like there is a lot more than what she gave us in the book. If nothing else, this is a fun and open look at some very difficult topics and one can get a real grasp on her quirkiness. I love it.

Carrie Fisher’s newest book, Shockaholic, came out today.

The title is a reference to the ECT (electroconvulsive therapy, once called “electroshock therapy”) treatments she has received for her bipolar depression.

On the Today Show this morning I saw her admit that, though she has had some side effects in the area of memory from the ECT, she is extremely satisfied with the results she’s had from it.

Even so, she does not suggest the treatment lightly.

Unfortunately the library system here doesn’t have it yet, and I went to the bookstore but alas, I am poorly financed at the moment and it will have to wait. What I do know is that it is about the same size as Wishful Drinking but I am excited to get any more information from Carrie Fisher’s perspective, even just a nugget!