“A father’s account, a humane case study of a person with schizophrenia, and above all a beautiful elegy for a bright and creative and troubled life lost, Mental Traveler is renowned scholar Mitchell’s lucid memoir of his son Gabe’s illness from early-onset in college to crisis, recovery, treatment, and finding a way in the world before his untimely death. Through a deep and clear-eyed process of attention and reminiscence, this book does a lot to dispel the stereotyping and scapegoating of people and families suffering from and with schizophrenia.”
— Greg Bottoms, author of Angelhead: My Brother’s Descent into Madness
“Mitchell’s Mental Traveler combines a scholar’s intellect with a father’s intimate perspective on the life, work, and suicide of his son, Gabriel Mitchell. A kaleidoscopic and erudite memoir of madness and sanity, this is also, at its core, a stunning account of what endures in the wake of catastrophic tragedies: love, art, and vast stores of human hope.”
— Rachel DeWoskin, author of Banshee and Someday We Will Fly
"Mitchell has traveled across the dark and divine landscape of his brilliant son’s mental illness, all the way to the ultimate loss: his son’s suicide at the age of thirty-eight. A scholar, activist, and experimenter in his own right, he guides us through the journey with special knowledge and sensitivity. He is attuned both to the philosophical entanglements of mental illness and to its daily grind, its crushing brutality and its periods of soaring, other-worldly energy. Mitchell looks beyond the well-known symptoms of schizophrenia to the particularity of his family, his son’s individual consciousness, and his own struggle, as a father, to understand. Written with love, bewilderment, sorrow, and admiration, Mental Traveler is a valuable addition to the literature of psychosis and the toll this mysterious illness takes on loved ones, left to make sense of it all."
— Michael Greenberg, author of Hurry Down Sunshine: A Father's Story of Love and Madness