We enter a spiritual puberty where we snap to the fact that the great...– David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
Reviews as Other People: Wanderlust (2012) →
brightwalldarkroom: Subject: A movie you might like p.s. CALL YOUR MOTHER!!! to: email@example.com from: firstname.lastname@example.org 4:17pm (7 hours ago) SWEETHEART, Tried your cell (2 calls 2 texts) but I guess it’s not on, or perhaps you’re too busy to respond to your dear old mom?!!?… Your mom reviews Wanderlust… :)
I reminded myself that incessant potential catastrophe is the human condition,...– John Jeremiah Sullivan, “Violence of the Lambs”
a bright wall in a dark room.: Reviews as Other... →
brightwalldarkroom: The Most Romantical Comedy “Shakespeare in Love” As Performed by the Miramax Players A Commentarie by the poet William Shakespeare Suppose, dear friend, the mind is most attuned Unto itself; Its secrets bound with chains, The key is hid - thus are most minds marooned. To wit: I… Shakespeare reviews Shakespeare in Love…
Reviews as Other People: Sex and the City 2 (2010) →
brightwalldarkroom: Sex and the City 2: The Sun Also Sets by Ernest Hemingway There is sand stretching in between the dunes like a spine as far as the eye can see and a camel in the middle of it. Two camels, or three. The camels walk slowly. I do not think they have ever had to run away from anything. I told you it was going to be great. Now go read all of it!
a bright wall in a dark room.: The King of Comedy... →
brightwalldarkroom: WHY NOT ME? WHY NOT? One simply has to wonder what a man like Rupert Pupkin would do with today. With American Idol and America’s Got Talent, The Biggest Loser and Storage Wars, YouTube and Twitter. With our 24 hour celebrity culture, reality TV, social media bombardment…. My thoughts on one of the very first “cringe comedy” films, Martin...
The Brain on Love (New York Times) →
psychotherapy: via NYTimes.com: by Diane Ackerman A RELATIVELY new field, called interpersonal neurobiology, draws its vigor from one of the great discoveries of our era: that the brain is constantly rewiring itself based on daily life. In the end, what we pay the most attention to defines us. How you choose to spend the irreplaceable hours of your life literally transforms you. All...
As much as we like to indulge in this fantasy, authors don’t create anything out of whole cloth. Like the patient on the analytic sofa, we fixate on particular stories and characters and themes because they speak to the fears and desires hidden within us. Our inventions inevitably take the form of veiled confessions. J. D. Salinger didn’t write “The Catcher in the Rye” because he suffered a...
Why Talk Therapy Is on the Wane and Writing... →
As a therapist and a writer, this article spoke to me in many different ways. At 23, I was intensely set on getting an MFA in writing - yet only a few short years later I was holding an MA in counseling/psychology instead. The latter required a good deal of self-reflection, examination, and exploration. Looks like getting an MFA might have required a lot of the exact same things.