1. When I was still in high school, my father lost his job. He was a third-generation garment worker — a cutter in a coat factory in Jersey City — and the company he worked for closed its U.S. facility and shipped all the work down to Mexico. In the wake of that turn, … Continue reading pulling back the curtain: notes on the history of neoliberalism…
1. The Judge has just told my father that he can’t go home yet. Twenty minutes ago he was all over the place. We were waiting in the hallway for someone to summon us into the conference room where the commitment hearings are held, and he was talking about writing a book on mold, and about learning … Continue reading Bipolar Chronicle 4: darkness on the face of the deep
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.
Photo credit: Elinor Carucci for the New York Times Magazine Earlier this month: The battle of oncoming traffic: keeping him safe in the weeks leading up to hospitalization — won mostly by luck, but also by hero sister who spent every morning for two weeks straight talking him off ledge. And hero mother who gave … Continue reading Bipolar Chronicle 2: notes on the current war
“Tell your mother, I’m sorry I hid the remote control on her. And I’m sorry this is happening again. But I need my dentures and my wig, because I want to go dancing tonight.” And then: “She won’t mind. She knows I like to dance.” Continue reading Bipolar Chronicle 1: things my dad says when he’s manic
1. We slept through the snow last night. I didn’t even realize it had snowed until I heard the plows scraping down Columbus Ave. By the time I got to the window it was all half-melted slush. It looked like there hadn’t been that much of it to begin with. They say a big one’s coming, … Continue reading Snowplow
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