Those Healing Arts

Those Healing Arts
“Why are you here?” “I’m here to heal. How about you? ” That’s the final exchange in Shattered Globe Theater’s production of “Mill Fire,” the tragic story of a 25 year old woman’s journey from newlywed to newly bereaved by way of a fire in an Alabama steel mill. The Q and A above takes... Read more »

Our Theater's Good

Our Theater's Good
Sure we’ve got lousy weather here in Chicago. But at least we’ve got great theater, and the theater can set you free. That’s the premise of  Timberlake Wertenbaker’s  1990 play “Our Country’s Good,” performed by the Shattered Globe Theater Company at Theater Wit on Belmont, and I must say I’m inclined to agree. I saw... Read more »

Inside "Inside Llewyn Davis": What's In a Name?

Inside "Inside Llewyn Davis": What's In a Name?
    Some say that the mark of a good film is the way it stays with you afterwards. By that standard the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” is a very good film indeed. It certainly got inside of me. For those of you who don’t know, “Llewyn Davis” is the name bestowed by the... Read more »
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Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings
In 1943 a man named Philip Van Doren Stern sent out an unusual Christmas card. It included a short story about a man named George who suffers one defeat too many and plans to end it all by jumping off a bridge. At the last minute he’s interrupted by a mysterious stranger who shows him... Read more »

Anxious People With Guns Revisited

My last entry on guns and anxiety drew more responses than all of my previous columns put together. I would like to respond en masse to some of the spirited critiques that came my way. I am not opposed to guns or gun ownership. But I am opposed to the unlimited availability of certain kinds... Read more »

Anxious People With Guns

It’s been a few weeks since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. As we enter the New Year I find myself somewhere between that trauma and the one that is surely just around the corner. I’ve been wondering- If assault weapons serve no purpose other than to wage war, why do some  individuals view them as... Read more »
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My American Dream

In the days following the Republican National Convention I found myself in a state of persistent agitation and restless sleep, as my mind tried to wrap itself around what had happened to this country when my generation was supposed to be in charge of improving it. Then I had the strangest dream – backed by... Read more »

A Canary in the Coal Mine

“How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see?”……Bob Dylan,  ”Blowin’ in the Wind”   For a nation obsessed with police prodedurals and reality TV , we seem  peculiarly unable to connect the dots that link the horrific reality of the Aurora, Colorado shooting to all the other... Read more »

My Week With "Steve Jobs"

My Week With  "Steve Jobs"
I’ve just finished Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. As a psychoanalyst I found his story totally compelling, but for reasons different from those you might expect. My interest was not in trying to understand what made him tick. It had more to do with the way he ticked, and how he got everyone to... Read more »
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Proscrastination Blues

“I woke up this morning faced with a decision.With so much to do, I needed a vision. Make me some coffee, take out the dog, Way down on the list…write “A Deeper Look” blog. It’s been 4 months since the last one I wrote. I’ve been putting it off like an overdue  thank you note…And I told myself Neal,... Read more »