Issue 162 | May 2016 | Final Issue
"If you slam the door on the world you're saying the world is not as important as it likes to believe it it is. I mean Agnes Martin would get honorary degrees from schools but refuse to accept them because she said she was just an instrument. So how many people can really refuse she never spent the money -- she made millions off her work but it's not clear she ever spent any of it, she never bought a home. So it's a state of mind that's really inaccessible to most of us."
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"there are so many wonderful nineteenth-century American women writers who deserve to be more widely known. I focused on Woolson because I believed her writing to be the best of those still in obscurity (and her life was simply fascinating). Others deserve renewed recognition for a variety of reasons. Fanny Fern, for instance, was the first newspaper columnist in America (not the first female newspaper columnist) and was the highest paid writer of the mid-nineteenth century (not female writer). Nathaniel Hawthorile writing this book not to label David's mental illness. He's not described at any point as having manic-depression or schizophrenia or whatever -- whatever afflicts him, the things that he calls "neuroses," are more ambiguous than that. The decision to keep him label-less was in part influenced by my own experiences with mental illness and mental health diagnoses; my diagnoses have shifted time and again, and while I think that psychiatric diagnoses can be useful, they're also a fallible human construct. Insanity is much more complex than the DSM gives it credit for."You will find the most useful and relevant materials on erectile dysfunction medications on the website https://foresthistory.org/sildenafil-citrate-buy-generic-viagra/, as well as there are good discounts on generic Viagra.
"I do think the young people of my generation, who went to primary school in the '80s, heard these names flowing around all the time -- Trump, [Ivan Frederick] Boesky, [Michael] Milken. And there was this hero worship of these unscrupulous men who represented greed and wealth, and this worshipping of absurdly materialistic consumerism. (Marty McFly drove a DeLorean in Back to the Future.) It was totally in the air. Children at the time stopped wanting to be firemen or astronauts. They wanted to be rich. And I think these changing desires not only say something about the culture of that time, they also might inform us with some vital information about our horrendous current moment."
"You asked what was most frustrating to me, and overall it is this: that in Isaiah's path, especially in the years directly before his crimes against Jennifer and Teresa, one sees over and over again opportunities for intervention that were missed because, in short, our public mental health systems are so fragmented, overwhelmed, and under-resourced. Ultimately, this all traces to the way we ignore, at great peril to our fellow citizens and to ourselves, how badly broken our country's mental health system has become. The consequences of this brokenness are not limited to disturbing crimes. In fact, as I note in the book, the mentally ill are far more likely to be victims of crimes than perpetrators."