The Next Big Thing

Susana Kaysen “As far as I could see life demanded skills I didn’t have.”

Kaysen was put in an asylum for 2 years due to "borderline personality." In Girl, Interrupted she writes candidly about the experience. The confessions are from her and her fellow "loonies," but the reader can never be sure if she is telling the whole story.

James Frey “I know who I am and I know what I’ve done and I know why I am about to die. I have faced the reality and the reality is simple. I am an Alcoholic and I am a drug addict and I am a Criminal. That is what I am and who I am and that is how I should be remembered.”

Frey fell face-first down a stairwell while one a monumental drug binge. Two days later, covered in blood, vomit, and urine, he is checked into a rehab center. His story is unfiltered. He and his new friends learn to confess to each other, while maintaining their masculinity.

Chris Carrabba “On the way home, this car hears my confession, I think tonight I’ll take the long way.”

Carrabba heads the band "Dashboard Confessional." He writes painfully personal lyrics, confessing his angst over love and life. P2P file sharing got his music around, and Internet communities keep it going strong. At concerts his audience sings along with every word to every song. From a totally-objective viewpoint, one Dashboard concert is better than hours of therapy.

Rivers Cuomo “I asked you to go to the Green Day concert,
You said you’d never heard of them
How cool is that?
So I went to your room and read your diary."

Cuomo fronts rock band Weezer. Their second album had intensely personal, confessional lyrics. Rolling Stone called it the year's worst album on 1996. It developed a cult following and is considered by most fans to be Weezer's finest work. Cuomos refuses to talk about it.

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