Talking back to diagnosis
“The perceived aversion to a male-centered illness narrative had to do with antiquated ideas about who should and shouldn’t be vulnerable to a failing body, and what that vulnerability means.”
The crisply constructed short stories for which David Means has become renowned are high and tight. His new—and first—novel, Hystopia, is something shaggier, departing, in its theoretical approach, from the New Yorker School of Fiction for the emerging field of narrative medicine, in which testimonies of trauma are inherently wooly and chaotic rather than refined and concise.
Madness, melodrama, mundanity, and the legacy of Antonin Artaud.
Madness, SCUM Manifesto, and Valerie Solanas—history’s most famous lipstick misandrist.
Author Josh Mohr talks to Evan Karp about addiction and redemption, The Flaming Lips, and his new book Damascus.
BOMBlog’s Levi Rubeck delves into this correspondence between the poet Ted Berrigan and his young wife, who had had been committed to a psychiatric ward by her parents after marrying the drug-and-Pepsi-addled beatnik poet.
From the destruction of King George’s likeness at Bowling Green, to the paving over of Native American earthworks, to the debasement of Penn Station and the ongoing disappearing acts of ballparks and churches, it’s becoming more and more clear that American architecture is an architecture of impermanence.
Erasmus of Rotterdam claimed there were three types of people: those who lived in a dream world, those who lived in reality, and those who were able to turn one world into the other. The Venezuelan artist Javier Téllez belongs in this third category.
Erasmo de Rotterdam decía que existían tres tipos de personas: aquellas que vivían en el sueño, aquellas que vivían en la realidad, y el tercer tipo que convertía uno en lo otro.
Feedback startles each paying customer. The mic, we find, is too close
to the speaker. The blacktop whispers on & on Come lay it down. Says,
John Wray’s novel Lowboy has been out for a few weeks now, and the media attention has been universally enthusiastic.
The narrator is Charlie Weir, a New York psychiatrist. The year is 1979.
32-year-old Brooklyn filmmaker Jonathan Caouette has been documenting his own life since he was eleven. His staggering debut Tarnation, part documentary and part narrative, is a densely layered testament of Caouette’s life and that of his family.
When the doorbell rings the boy sits in his room and grows short of breath.
Until her 1998 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, artist Yayoi Kusama was one of the art world’s best kept secrets. Her infinity nets, phallic sculptures, and nude performances influenced Cornell, Oldenburg, and Warhol.
The author of The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, chats with novelist Patrick McGrath about the most famous resident of Broadmoor—Dr. William C. Minor.