Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews

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 [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:19+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:21+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on The Problem With “Steve Jobs”

“Best of Enemies”

The medium is the message. ~ Marshall McLuhan Sigmund Freud famously withheld publishing “The Interpretation of Dreams ” from 1899 to 1900 because he was so arrogant and/or prescient that he believed his work would shape the entire next century. And it did. Similarly, in hindsight, the people at the ABC television network could have [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:21+00:00 July 29th, 2015|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Best of Enemies”

“Stray Paper” by The Gaslight Anthem

Youth is wasted on the young. George Bernard Shaw Legend has it that when Elvis Costello received the first R.E.M. cassette he walked around flipping it over and over in his Walkman (remember those?) listening to it continuously for days. Years later when asked what he thought of R.E.M.'s massive success he wryly replied, "I [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:24+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Stray Paper” by The Gaslight Anthem

“PlantPure Nation”

I read "The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health" in 2007 and found its scientific conclusions staggering: if men want to avoid prostate cancer they should avoid eating meat and if women want to avoid breast cancer they should avoid [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:24+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “PlantPure Nation”

“Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics”

"Buddhism and psychedelics are together probably the best hope we have for an antidote to egotism and materialism, which are fatally destroying the planet." ~ Terrence McKenna "While a sportsman will have his Olympic medals revoked for using drugs that enhance his performance, a musician would not be stripped of her Grammy awards if it [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:24+00:00 May 15th, 2015|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics”

“Prodigal Father Wayward Son”

My psychotherapy practice is predominantly composed of grown men who are still trying in one way or another to live up to their fathers' implicit and explicit expectations of who they should have become, of that subtle chronic "not good-enough" feeling that lurks just beneath the surface of any child who has had an emotionally [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:24+00:00 May 7th, 2015|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Prodigal Father Wayward Son”

“Trace Amounts”

“Trace Amounts” is a well-made documentary examining the purported correlation between the use of mercury as a preservative in vaccinations and the rise in autism from 1 in 10,000 children in the 1950s to 1 in 68 children currently. “Science” is not based on correlations; “Science” seeks to prove causality in order to accurately predict future [...]

2015-08-28T22:14:26+00:00 May 2nd, 2015|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Trace Amounts”

“The Fourth Noble Truth”

One day I was standing in the back of a packed elevator in the Brill Building in New York City and as the doors were about to close the actor Bill Murray jumped in. While recuperating from a near-fatal car accident in 1985 I had stumbled upon his film "The Razor's Edge," which was a [...]

2015-08-28T22:14:26+00:00 April 6th, 2015|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “The Fourth Noble Truth”