Zack McDermott

Zack McDermott worked as a public defender for The Legal Aid Society of New York for six years. His work has appeared in The New York Times, This American Life, Deadspin and other publications. His new memoir, Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love, chronicles Zack's bipolar disorder and the extraordinary ways his sharp, stalwart mother (aka 'the Bird,' who once dubbed him 'Gorilla' because of his hulky chest and excessive body hair) helped him live through it. Gorilla and the Bird has been optioned by Channing Tatum’s production company for a television series.