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    March 09, 2007


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    As one outlaw blogger to another, you go girl! I look forward to reading it.



    Loved your latest as much as your other books. Luckily it wasn't too hard to get even in Germany - and it doesn't surprise me that it sells so well. It is a great book. Thanks for writing it, Kate. And thanks for being the person you are because it is not only inspiring but also exceptional.
    I am glad that you are out there with everything you are.

    Big hug from Berlin and take care,


    I got the last copy of Hello Cruel World at my neighborhood bookstore today. I love it, love it, love it! Thank you, Kate, for writing such an AMAZING book! I've never read anything like it.

    Peace, love and PRIDE,

    Jigsaw Analogy

    A friend just loaned me this book, and in most ways, it is EXACTLY the book I've been looking for. You give the kind of advice that I think is really lacking elsewhere, and it's helpful is so many ways.

    One small change I am begging you to make: I am a person with multiple personalities. Trust me, this is something I/we are working on coping with and accepting. You say something that, for non-multiples, is probably perfectly safe information: that it's safe and effective and empowering to kill off parts of yourself that you don't want to have. Please, PLEASE put in a disclaimer of some sort. A big problem I/we have had coming to terms with the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder is that many parts want to "get rid of" or kill other parts, because they cause pain and unhappiness. It's only been very recently that we could come to terms with the idea that those parts actually have a positive reason to exist, and can help to make me/us safer and more whole.

    I guess it's speaking from my own perspective, but since that's the reason I can't wholeheartedly recommend your book to some people who could REALLY use it, and since it makes it hard for me to keep reading it myself... I thought I'd bring it up.

    Separate from that, it's the most excellent thing I've ever encountered for coping with those suicidal feelings. Thanks for writing it.


    thank you. ive never meant two words more.

    Tina Malament

    Dear Kate,

    Finally having a chance to access the nets for a moment, I decided to google your blog... I came across Hello, Cruel World while wandering through Borders a few weeks ago and, particularly since I was in One Of Those Moods, I about cried. It's exactly what I've been searching for quite some time.

    I don't suppose a bio in brief would really express thanks well, but let it be said that your perspectives on depression, survival, and gender/sexuality topics offered me hope when I had (again) started to give up.

    ...Trying to thank you is resulting in one of those really rare moments in which my brain stalls. God knows I can write thousands of words in a few hours when I get going - why should thank you be so difficult?

    I guess what I'm trying to say is: Your book inspires me. The knowledge about who you are that came through the pages inspires me. Can I be like you when I grow up?

    Thank you, again and again.

    Tina Malament


    Incredibly strange that the previous comment should also be from a multiple. That said, I completely agree with them... To a singleton, the concept of 'parts' of the self is way less cohesive than it is to a multiple, and in that light it's a lot easier to think about amputating those parts when they seem problematic or dangerous. To a multiple, this concept can be deadly. Two of my hospitalizations were because of conflicts with other parts whom I was scared of, hated, thought were dangerous, wanted to leave, and who in turn offered a big giant fuck you! by way of a major overdose and wrist-slicing episode, followed by a week in the psych ward the first time and several days the next.

    If Hello, Cruel World perhaps just worded it differently it might help... 'Aspects' of self, or 'traits' or some related, less metaphoric term instead of parts, perhaps. I agree again with the previous commenter, that each part (at least for a multiple) DOES have a reason for existing and that the reason is, at its core, to help not harm. Several parts who seemed initially to exist explicitly to cause pain and self-injury, once better understood, made it clear that they were there to help us to feel anything when all the rest wanted was to cut off feeling. They went about it in the wrong way, but they still had the best intentions of the system at heart.

    ...Hopefully that makes sense. We're not really 'out' about our multiplicity, and as such aren't really used to talking about it to anyone but our girlfriend.


    Hello Kate.
    Do you know were can I buy/download the book online?
    I live in Portugal and I can't find your book here. And I really want to read it.

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