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Esmé Weijun Wang, Nonfiction

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of The Border of Paradise and the forthcoming essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias (Graywolf Press, 2019), which “undertakes an investigation into life with schizoaffective disorder and chronic illness with narrative drive and prose of confiding grace.” One of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, she has written for The BelieverLenny LetterSalon, and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco.

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An excerpt from The Collected Schizophrenias:

The debate over AB 1421 touched upon crucial issues of autonomy and civil liberties. The bill makes the crucial assumption that a person who displays a certain level of mental disorder is no longer capable of choosing treatment, including medication, and therefore must be forced into doing so. Sartre claimed, “We are our choices,” but what has a person become when it’s assumed

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