This piece by Amanda Mull is important. Two excerpts: Now, in apparently quitting his psychiatric medication for the sake of his creativity, West is promoting one of mental health’s most persistent and dangerous myths: that suffering is necessary for great art. Esmé Weijun Wang, a novelist who has written about living with schizoaffective disorder, has … Continue reading Listen, Everyone. Please Take Your Medication.
I've been considering John Milton's Nativity Ode anew this Advent. Today, I saw a tweet from The New York Review of Books quoting from Milton's Paradise Lost about the blood lust of the pagan god Moloch and the gruesome terms of his worship, child sacrifice. I clicked through to the piece, which you can read here. … Continue reading Conquering Our Moloch
It turns out this was too much to ask for in 2013. And 2016. And 2018. We have to do better. From 2013: The candidate I'll vote for in 2016 will be the one with an ambitious and progressive plan to fight our nation's dirtiest open secret: we face a monumental public mental health crisis … Continue reading A Bill of Rights for Mental Health Care
Paul Krugman Mellencamp has finally uttered the words. We're in a Depression. His Sunday NYT piece, "Depression and Democracy," is here. Elsewhere, Leonard Cohen has shared about Depression and Depression: LC: Well, you know, there’s depression and depression. What I mean by depression in my own case is that depression isn’t just the blues. It’s … Continue reading Paul Krugman and Leonard Cohen on Depression and Depression