SF EXAMINER REVIEW OF THE BROKEN PLACES: A MEMOIR
San Francisco State professor’s memoir chronicles mental breakdown that led to success
By Michael Barba on March 6, 2016
There was something wrong with his mind.
At 17 years old, a sexually repressed Joseph McBride concocted a fruitless plan to save the world. He would meet with then-President Lyndon B. Johnson, bring about nuclear disarmament with the Russians and integrate Southern colleges in a nation divided by race.
But when he told that story to a friend, who then sought help from the principal at his school, McBride found himself committed to the Milwaukee County Mental Health Center for four months.
“That actually was the best thing that ever happened to me because it saved my life,” McBride, 68, recalled. “It got me out of the house, it got me out of school and I was able to meet a girl for the first time.”
That girl, a young Native American and Irish woman named Katherine Wolf who had multiple personalities, would later commit suicide. But through their disturbed romance, McBride would cross a threshold in his life by escaping the sexual limitations of his Catholic upbringing.
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