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…

Bipolar Chronicle 3: fishbowl, microscope, spotlight.

One of the things that happens when your immediate family member is manic, and you are trying to get him hospitalized, is that the nurses, psychiatrists and social workers who are evaluating him will also sort-of evaluate you. They’ll listen for signs of family discord, or for hints that you might be exaggerating things. Why? Because maybe … Continue reading Bipolar Chronicle 3: fishbowl, microscope, spotlight.