Listen, Everyone.  Please Take Your Medication.

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.

Writing in the Margins

By most definitions, I'm not part of any marginalized community. My great-grandparents, who came to the United States from Southern Italy over a hundred years ago, were economic refugees arriving here at the height of anti-Catholic, anti-Italian (anti-anything-ethnic) nativism. Their experience on the margin of American life and systems is something I try to imagine … Continue reading Writing in the Margins