On big stories with narrow perspectives

My piece on Laura’s Law – the involuntary outpatient commitment statute  being implemented in California – is out in this month’s issue of Pacific Standard. There are two things that I want to note:   1) This is not a comprehensive or wholly unbiased take on involuntary outpatient commitment.  This is the story of one county — the …

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Two (wait, three) piece on the psychology of mass shootings

The New Yorker and Mother Jones both have longform pieces out this week on “the Columbine Effect” —  that is, the tendency of would-be school shooters to draw inspiration and practical lessons from previous high-profile killings (of which there are, obviously, a growing number). And I think it’s worth comparing the two theses. The Mother Jones piece focuses on … Continue reading Two (wait, three) piece on the psychology of mass shootings

David Foster Wallace: Peeking into the mind of a genius…

Photo credit: Gary Hannabarger / Corbis  Just finished reading Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, a book-length conversation between David Foster Wallace and David Lipsky, a journalist  who profiled Wallace for Rolling Stone during his Infinite Jest tour back in 1996. Wallace committed suicide in 2008, at the age of 46. The transcript of … Continue reading David Foster Wallace: Peeking into the mind of a genius…