My Brain on Fire
My Brain on Fire
Paris and Other Obsessions
Leonard Pitt



This is Leonard Pitt's story of growing up the misfit in Detroit in the 1940s and 50s. In a later age he would have been put on Ritalin and paraded before psychiatrists because he couldn’t pay attention in school. In 1962, at the end of a misguided foray towards a career in advertising he took the ultimate cure, a trip to Paris. He thought it would only be a visit. He stayed seven years. There in the City of Light, Leonard’s mind exploded. And it hasn’t stopped since.

Studying mime with master Etienne Decroux and living in Paris were the university he never knew. This inspiration unleashed a voracious appetite to understand the "why" of things. He asked a simple question, “Why did the ballet go up?” While building a theatre career performing and teaching, he embarked on a quest to study the origins of the ballet, the history of early American popular music, the pre-Socratic philosophers, early modern science, the European witch hunt, the history of Paris, and more. To his unschooled mind it all fits together. Who would see a historical arc between Louis XIV and Elvis Presley? Leonard does. And he’ll tell you about it.

Title My Brain on Fire
Subtitle Paris and Other Obsessions
Author Leonard Pitt
Publisher Soft Skull Press
Title First Published 15 March 2016
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 356 p.
ISBN-10 1593766343
ISBN-13 9781593766344
Publication Date 15 March 2016
Main content page count 356
Weight 16 oz.