Trump/Hamilton

Trump/Hamilton
Happy 4th of July, in advance. It’s a wonderful occasion to reflect on who we are as a nation and where we’ve come from.  Is it coincidence or divine providence that we’ve been blessed with 2 giant mirrors of our contemporary American zeitgeist?  I’m referring to the simultaneous occurrence of two blockbuster phenomena, the Tony... Read more »

Public Health Chicago 102

In my last post I made the following proposal to our city’s gun crisis: PROPOSED ACTION PLAN:  City to offer significant  financial prize  (say several million dollars) to the individual or corporation that can create the best feasible plan to implement rational gun control in this city….  Then I got an idea, which I’m going to... Read more »

Public Health Chicago 101

This week the American Psychoanalytic Association will be holding it’s 105th annual meeting here in Chicago, at the Palmer House. Part of the program will feature Barbara Brotman, formerly a featured columnist for the Chicago Tribune, who will be talking with mental health professionals about how best to share their expertise with reporters who are... Read more »
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The Only Thing....

If Donald Trump didn’t exist, there’s a substantial proportion of the voting population who would have to invent him. That’s one sobering conclusion to be drawn from RageFest 2016, AKA  this year’s election campaign. As “The Donald” said, there’s a lot of anger out there, and while Trump may be the lightening-rod  (with Bernie Sanders... Read more »

What's Love Got to Do With It?

What's Love Got to Do With It?
There’s a strong connection between love and health, and we don’t talk about it very much. It’s not made in the doctor’s office, where patients compete with computers for their doctors attention while going through a list of obigatory questions like “do you smoke” or “do you wear a seatbelt?” When’s the last time a... Read more »

The Moment

A few days ago as I was walking down the street, I came upon  a man in a wheelchair with an outstretched arm and a cup in his hand. My fingers searched my pocket, fingering some coins. But before I knew it I was past him, with my own hand squeezing the coins  I had... Read more »
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My Narrative Art: Mr. Lucas, Are You There?

My Narrative Art: Mr. Lucas, Are You There?
If the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art plants itself on Chicago soil- and it looks like it’s not so big an if- I would like to make a pitch for a space in the museum devoted to Psychoanalysis. I know,  Mr. Lucas is really concerned with the history of VISUAL storytelling, and what’s so visual... Read more »

The Couch Abides

The Couch Abides
The New York Times is running a series on psychotherapy which they call “The Couch.”  How could I not contribute?  So  I wrote a piece and gave them the opportunity to put me on their op-ed page, and waited to hear back. Then I sent it again, and waited some more. Enough! Here it is:... Read more »

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 »
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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 »