A vivid and disturbing memoir sheds light on our cultural anxiety about sleep, reports New Statesman America.

Until she began to suffer from insomnia Harvey knew “nothing about sleep (in the way fish know nothing about water)”, she writes. She contends that the well-rested cannot begin to understand true sleeplessness, though The Shapeless Unease, her account of a year of not sleeping, offers a disturbing, vivid account. The prose is urgent and wild, but also dazzling in its precision. This is what it must be like to try to keep hold of a brilliant mind that is threatening to unspool.

via The insomnia problem.