Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews

“Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief” by Joanne Cacciatore: Book Review

How does one make sense of the most unnatural thing possible? The pain of some tragedies is ineffable. Words offer little solace to those who have lost a child (or other loved ones traumatically, suddenly). Dr. Joanne Cacciatore’s “Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief“ is one of those rare [...]

February 20th, 2017|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief” by Joanne Cacciatore: Book Review

“America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks” by Ruth Whippman: Book Review

Ruth Whippman is whip smart; her writing is nothing short of a genius. And scathingly hysterical. Her sociological insights into the New Age movement are spot on and her skewering of Positive Psychology is brilliant. Ms. Whippman would absolutely loathe the sold-out happiness and mindfulness workshops that I teach at The Esalen Institute! Firstly, [...]

February 19th, 2017|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks” by Ruth Whippman: Book Review

“Westworld:” Review

“Our business is to wake up.” ~ Aldous Huxley It has been amusing to read all of the banter floating around the Internet concerning the story lines of "Westworld." Humans are immensely talented creatures when it comes to creating stories, creating narratives - especially mysteries and paradoxes. We are equally deft at making maps. [...]

December 5th, 2016|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Westworld:” Review

“Manchester by the Sea:” Film Review

"When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem resembles a nail." ~ Abraham Maslow Writer/Director Kenneth Lonergan is a tremendous explorer of psychological terrains seldom traversed due to their complexity. Played by Casey Affleck, the character Lee Chandler is an average American Joe who does not have the tools necessary to [...]

November 12th, 2016|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Manchester by the Sea:” Film Review

“Clearing Emotional Clutter” by Donald Altman: Book Review

“Meditation is the act of meditation.” ~ Sogyal Rimpoche Yesterday a friend told me how disappointed she was with the local “Self-Compassion” mindfulness meditation class in which she was enrolled. She noticed that attendance had declined from ten people down to four people after a few weeks. It was readily apparent that the teacher was [...]

October 22nd, 2016|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Clearing Emotional Clutter” by Donald Altman: Book Review

Chris Brown’s “Superior”: Best Song Never Heard In America

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the creator, there is no poverty. ~ Rilke Patti Smith, Curtis Mayfield, Morrissey, Ani DiFranco, Van Morrison, Daniel Lanois, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Joan Armatrading, Lloyd Cole, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, [...]

August 26th, 2016|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on Chris Brown’s “Superior”: Best Song Never Heard In America

What Women Really Say When They’re Alone: Therese Barbato’s ‘That’s What She Said’ Podcast

Heartbreak, open relationships, bisexuality, celebrity crushes... much more than I ever expected from an evening of Shakespeare. Los Angeles is not known for its exceptional theater, but on Saturday evening I attended the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ performance of “Twelfth Night“ and found the directing, staging, and all of the performances to be stellar, [...]

August 13th, 2016|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on What Women Really Say When They’re Alone: Therese Barbato’s ‘That’s What She Said’ Podcast

The Psychology Of An Epic Guitar Solo

“Go wrong strong.” ~ Miles Davis “New ears for new music.” ~ Nietzsche For the last 50 years, a seminal part of Western popular music has been the guitar solo. What makes an epic guitar solo and how does it interact with and add to a song? As a psychotherapist, my theory regarding popular music [...]

July 20th, 2016|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on The Psychology Of An Epic Guitar Solo

The Genius of Cindy Sherman

There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet; ~ T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. ~ Nietzsche Cindy Sherman's "Imitation of Life" is one of the [...]

July 17th, 2016|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on The Genius of Cindy Sherman

The Problem With “Steve Jobs”

"...my opinion is that it's certainly best to separate an artist far enough from his work, so that one does not take him with the same seriousness as one does his work. In the final analysis, he is only the precondition for his work, its maternal womb, the soil or, in some cases, the dung [...]

November 2nd, 2015|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on The Problem With “Steve Jobs”