The (mad)Men Inside(all of us)

‘The Men Inside’ by Barry N. Malzberg (1972)

If you ever think there is a madman inside of you the question is how did he get there or is he just another version of you? Malzberg’s version of a “Priest” reminded me of the religious “entity” in THX 1138. Horse racing, which was central to Malzberg’s novel ‘Overlay’, also appears here but this time is peripheral to the main storyline. Also noted the one female character’s verbalization of her sexual wishes was identical to that of another female appearing in Malzberg’s ‘The Falling Astronauts’. (why do I notice these things?)

Some quotes from the book-

“there must be something more. A man must keep on seeking something else, must strive beyond his background and those chains which encompass” (p. 27)

“insanity is merely another way of coming to terms with the environment in a healthy fashion” (p. 129)

“it’s still your life and you’ve got to accept responsibility for it…a great number of people get into circumstances not of their own choosing and make the best of it and you must too…It is your life, it is your destiny, nothing must intervene.” (p. 154)


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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