Get Out: Invasion of the Brother SnatchersJune 14th 2017
In Get Out, director/writer Justin Peele’s provocative debut, the bodies snatched are African American (mostly robust males); the cannibals of consciousness are white residents of an affluent Baltimore suburb, where the living is easy and the politics fashionably progressive.
Election Addiction Disorder: Mackey Rules!November 3rd 2016
“Election addiction disorder, undifferentiated, DSM-5A-177.6x” is characterized by an overwhelming need to watch anything and everything related to the current race for the White House, no matter how microscopic. Clinical details and prognosis are examined here.
Psychological Notes on the Aftermath of Flight 370's Disappearance: “Cans’t Thou Draw Out Leviathan With A Hook?”May 9th 2014
Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has become our Leviathan, its passengers Leviathan’s children. In accepting our inability to draw them out of whatever deep place they may lie, lies the best hope of healing, a necessarily ambiguous closure.
Fake Signing at the Mandela Memorial: Because It Was Not Thought UponJanuary 16th 2014
If clinicians are to take anything from the Johannesburg debacle, it is that we must be even more mindful of distress and despair. Like Poe’s purloined letter, profound sorrow may lie in plain sight under one’s clinical gaze-but not yet “thought upon.”
One is reminded of an ancient tale of 10 blind men sent by a king to describe an elephant. Whichever piece of the beast each blind man touched, so ran his faulty description. At one time or another the FBI, Army, and Hasan’s superiors each touched a piece of Nidal Hasan. Tragically, no one was able to assemble the entire frightful picture, and head him off at the pass.