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She devoured their memoirs and magazine articles committing the most salacious details of their cautionary tales to memory how little they ate their lowest weights and their merciless exercise regimes to learn what it would take to be the very best anorectic When she was hospitalized for anorexia at fifteen she found herself in an existential wormhole how can one suffer from so Myopic snooty and with such a lack of insight that it pained me to see this to the end I m in concert with everyone else here who s critiued Osgood s universalizing and alienating read elitist rhetoric throughout I d also add that the extreme binary thinking she displays applies also to the ridiculousness of her referring to certain nurses as Carribbean Asian and African American when she never EVER ualifies that all of the other personages are white Also her whirlwind rant on wannarexics and demonization of Horbacher s Wasted which is an important text for MANY of us in recovery are completely self serving and unsubstantiated except through cloistered anecdotal evidenceLittle than privilege speaking its name over and over and over

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Anorexia examining the cult like underbelly of eating disorders in the young as she chronicles her own rehabilitation How to Disappear Completely is a brave candid and emotionally wrenching memoir that explores the physical internal and social ramifications of eating disorders and subverts many of the popularly held notions of the illness and most hopefully the path to recovery I don t know how I feel about this one So let s go on this ride together as I figure it out I feel things for the author and her journey but at the same time I m so annoyed by her for so many reasons I don t even know where to begin First of all this is part memoir partdissertation about how people develop eating disorders I guess Which is weird because she went to school to get an MFA not any sort of medicalpsychology degree and yet here she is Telling Us What s WhatI think my biggest gripe with this book is the author shitting on other people who have written much better memoirs than hers She particularly feels the need to tear down Marya Hornbacher and Elizabeth Wurtzel who wrote two of the most successful revered books about mental illness that were super popular back in the late 90searly 2000s when this author was coming of age She blames Hornbacher for making girls anorexic and about Wurtzel she saysWhen I reread Prozac Nation at twenty five I was for lack of a less elouent phrase grossed out by Elizabeth Wurtzel s self obsessionI mean says a woman writing a memoir about herself despite her own story being as basic as they come Because unlike some truly memorable authors who have written about their accounts with anorexia in fascinating insightful and gut wrenching ways this account is forgettable and yet she sees and writes about herself as some brilliant wunderkind who was the first person to head down this path and write about it Her story is as unremarkable and boring as they come for this genre and it s mostly because she refuses to really talk about anything in detail lest she inspire a new generation of anorexic girls So you get her babbling on and on about going into various hospitals and shitting on everyone she ever met in treatment but you don t really get any depth or insight out of her so likewhy write this thingThe answer is because she has this brilliant idea that anorexia is a communicable disease that is not so much developed as some underlying pathology that is awakened when triggered by something including something cultural like a book or movie but rather that it s something any old person can get if they want it simply by reading books about it Again she s not any kind of doctor psychologist or medical professional and she clearly has done zero actual research into this aside from reading and pulling uotes from a few articles in the same way I used to pull uotes from books when writing papers in college picking and choosing what best fit my argument even if they didn t really fit it out of context So how can she just make these claims Oh because for HER they re true In HER story she was a 14 year old girl who was unsatisfied with her body and so she sought out books about eating disorders to use as guides eventually helping her develop a full blown disorder of her own So because this is how things were for her according to her book this is the case for everyone in the world SCIENCE While I do think there are many instances of people with eating disorders who are inspired by material they see actual research has shown that a majority of these people were eating disordered to begin with and naturally gravitate toward these either because they seek them out out of curiosity and want to know or because they happen to catch something in a magazine on TV in health class and find themselves mesmerized and wanting because they recognize themselves in it in some way I absolutely agree with the author s point that people learn tricks and tips from memoirs and TV movies In addition to Marya Hornbacher the author makes references to Kessa Lori Gottlieb For the Love of Nancy and many others you d recognize from the ED lexicon if you ve ever suffered from a disorder But I think in many cases people aren t seeking these things out SOLEY to learn tricks and tips If anything they seek out memoirs and TV movies and novels about eating disorders because they finally find something they can relate to and this kind of media can make them feel like someone out there understands Through this yes it s easy to pick up on habits as well but I think it s suuuuuuuuper rare that someone with no predisposition for anorexia would randomly be like I wanna be anorexic and go out and buy a bunch of memoirs to learn tricks that take her from fully healthy to someone with a full blown mental illness There are absolutely people who want to be anorexic but unless they have those underlying personality traits that predispose them to the disorder they re not going to be successful in getting anorexia because anorexia simply isn t something you get no matter how this author tries to convince us otherwiseI actually picked up this book out of curiosity because it sounded like the author and I had a creepy amount of things in common We re the same age from small New England towns we were both morbidly fascinated with and terrified of the world ending in 2000 we both found Kessa at a young age me to the point where I had an altar ego Ren who was my best little girl self lol we both went to Columbia we were treated at some of the same places and now we re both writers who live in Brooklyn I tend to love picking up books where I can find pieces of myself in the author because even if our journeys aren t identical I still feel like I am connected with him or her and that s what I thought this would be in the same way I connected with Unbearable Lightness and back in the day the way I connected with Kessa But instead I found myself learning almost nothing personal about the author besides these basic facts as she brought zero insight or understanding into her own personal journey as she attempted to turn her story into an example for some greater point she was trying to make but failed to And on top of that I had a hard time staying interested because every other flaw aside the flow of this book is so disjointed and jarring one minute you re watching her list everyone she s ever met with anorexia trying to use their stories to fit her thesis a minute later you re reading a rant about why Elizabeth Wurtzel sucks and then after that you re getting a bare bones narrative about her time in treatment It s just bizarre and doesn t work as a book A series of blogs maybe but having read this I would have zero desire to check that blog out

Kelsey Osgood ☆ 7 summary

Mething one has actively sought out Through her own decade long battle with anorexia which included three lengthy hospitalizations Osgood harrowingly describes the haunting and competitive world of inpatient facilities populated with other adolescents some as young as ten years oldWith attuned storytelling and unflinching introspection Kelsey Osgood unpacks the modern myths of The only thing good about this book was how it directed me to not read Wasted I immediately returned the shaming book and bought Hornbacher instead


10 thoughts on “How to Disappear Completely

  1. says:

    It's definitely time for me to give up on this genre Again I really started out wanting to like this book and I was interested in reading a candid analysis of the eating disorder treatment subculture In the end the author does what I find so frustrating in all the other memoirs generalizes her experiences as THE universal recovery experience

  2. says:

    If you're just looking at the back cover copy or various other blurbs it's very hard to tell what this book is about so I'll try to summarize briefly This book is about the culture of anorexia—not just about the disease itself but about how the many books movies articles websites and TV shows about it affect and even harm women and girls i

  3. says:

    Myopic snooty and with such a lack of insight that it pained me to see this to the end I'm in concert with everyone else here who's critiued Os

  4. says:

    The author seems very concerned with copycat behaviours people newly anorexic following in the footsteps of those who write about it within books or blogs This seems to have put a lot stress on what the author she

  5. says:

    I'd had some great luck recently with reading Anorexia recovery accounts Going Hungry and Gaining were life changing I read the back and was really interested in How to Disappear Completely However upon reading it I found

  6. says:

    The only thing good about this book was how it directed me to not read Wasted I immediately returned the shaming book and bought Hornbacher instead

  7. says:

    I don't know how I feel about this one So let's go on this ride together as I figure it out I feel things for the author and her journey but at the same time I'm so annoyed by her for so many reasons I don't even know where to begin First of all this is part memoir partdissertation about how people develop eating disorders I guess Which is weird because she went to school to get an MFA not any sort of medicalpsychology degree and yet here

  8. says:

    The irony of this book is that Osgood tried so hard to show why her memoir was going to be less triggeringdamagingsalacious than the others but she ended up providing me with a fairly comprehensive list of books I would rather read I

  9. says:

    Author Kelsey Osgood actively pursued anorexia She describes how at the age of fourteen mesmerized by books about eating disorders she set out to become anorexic Mission accomplished Bravo I'm being snarky people In the process she d

  10. says:

    Premise wise Osgood sets out to do something that is far too uncommon in this type of memoir she seeks to tell her story without numbers and in a way that will not be triggering that will not glamorise eating disorders I've read others that set out to do the same if less explicitly but they are unfortunately the exception