It’s now been more than 20 years since the writer Elizabeth Wurtzel hit the literary scene with Prozac Nation, her memoir of depression. In the duration since she’s become a controversial figure on the periphery of pop culture who has often been considered narcissistic, self-indulgent and even a little crazy. While the author’s focus is herself and the consciousness she can’t placate enough not to have to write, there is something refreshing about her self-steeped candour.
In January 2013, the writer tackled her history in an article for New York magazine with the conspicuous title, “Elizabeth Wurtzel Confronts Her One-Night Stand of a Life”. While easy to read and in her familiar style, one of the criticisms of the article – which lines up with many of the criticisms of the writer – was her gratuitous use of the word “I”; some commenters even resolved to count the number of times it appeared in the length of the article.