Putting the Mad in Mad Money

On last night’s show Jim made an off-hand remark about An Unquiet Mind aficionados while he was recommending Socieded Quimica .One of the things we want to do with this blog is explain some of the references that go over people’s heads, and I think that’s one of them. Sociedad Quimica is the largest producer of lithium in the world, and Jim referred to the book An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison, which is her autobiography—a book about living with Bipolar Disorder by one of the foremost experts about Bipolar Disorder. It’s a great book, and if you still don’t see the joke, Lithium the drug has been the standard treatment for Bipolar Disorder or manic depression for decades. On a personal note, my favorite drug in the Bipolar pantheon is Abilify, a drug made by Bristol-Myers Squibb , which Jim last recommended in the Lightning Round about a week ago.

We have a bit of a fixation with psychosis when we put the show together. Not so much that we recommend stocks like Psychiatric Solutions , a mental hospital operator, although I do remember us doing a piece on that one a long time ago—think years. But madness is a trope, if you’ll pardon my use of horrible academic language, that runs through the show pretty consistently, and we don’t want you missing the easy-to-catch references. By the way, I’m not sure if Jim has read this, but there’s a book called Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher that’s just like An Unquiet Mind only better because it lacks the pomposity.

Cliff Mason is the Senior Writer of CNBC's Mad Money w/Jim Cramer, and has been that program's primary writer, in cooperation with and under the supervision of Jim Cramer, since he began at CNBC as an intern during the summer of 2005. Mason was the author of a column at TheStreet.com during 2007, which he describes as "hilarious, if short-lived." He graduated from Harvard College in 2007. It was at Harvard that Mason learned to multi-task, mastering the art of seeming to pay attention to professors while writing scripts for Mad Money. Mason has co-written two books with Jim Cramer: Jim Cramer's Mad Money: Watch TV, Get Rich and Stay Mad For Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich (Make Your Kids Even Richer). He is 100% responsible for any parts of either book that you did not like.

Mason has also had a fruitful relationship with Jim Cramer as his nephew for the last 23 years and will hopefully continue to hold that position for many more as long as he doesn't do anything to get himself kicked out of the family.

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