Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act

Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act

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Millions of Americans struggle with severe clutter and hoarding. Barry Yourgrau is one of them. Behind the door of his Queens apartment, Yourgrau's life is, quite literally, chaos. Confronted by his exasperated girlfriend, he embarks on a heartfelt and too often uproarious project to take control of his disorderly apartment and life, and to explore the wider world of collecting, clutter, and extreme hoarding. Encounters with a professional declutterer, a Lacanian shrink, and Clutterers Anonymous as well as explorations of the bewildering universe of new therapies and brain science, help Yourgrau navigate uncharted territory: clearing shelves, boxes, and bags. Mess is the story of one man's efforts to learn to let go, to clean up his space (physical and emotional), and to save his relationship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681414065
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 08/10/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Writer-performer Barry Yourgrau is the author of acclaimed books of brief fiction, including Wearing Dad's Head, and The Sadness of Sex, in whose film version he starred. He's appeared on MTV and NPR, and written for the New York Times, Huffington Post, Paris Review, and Vice, among others. Born in South Africa, he lives in New York and Istanbul.

Peter grew up all around New England and graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. An early love for storytelling comes from his dads' magic lantern shows. This obsession led to single-handedly voicing all 32 of his Batman comic books (in his home studio behind the couch). Peter has voiced numerous audiobooks and, although covering many genres, he tends to gravitate to the wildly improbable. His career also includes film, TV, radio, and video games.

Table of Contents

Prologue with Grocery Bags 1

1 The Chinese Puzzle Box 17

2 What's Wrong with Me? 32

3 Some Kind of Flâneur 51

4 Let the Right One In 68

5 Brothers Grim 86

6 The Cut-Glass Hand Bell 104

7 Mastering Disaster 122

8 Dodge Days, or Letting Go of L.A. 142

9 Home Comforting 156

10 The Real Stuff 175

11 The Notorious Bungalow 196

12 Freud's "Dirty" Couch 214

13 The Red Fish 227

14 Gordon's Knot 251

Postscript 269

Acknowledgments 274

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