Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, A Review, Part 3

I, for one, do need DFW’s stories and his story. If nothing else, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story is a book for writers…or, more accurately, for those who Want To Write. Or perhaps I can only speak personally: DFW’s struggles with writing […]

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Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, A Review, Part 2

We come to the end of Every Love Story is a Ghost Story knowing maybe more factoids and ‘things that make you go hm’ about DFW than we otherwise might have, but not enough more about the people in his life…the people Amy […]

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Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, A Review, Part 1

David Foster Wallace, the greatest writer of his generation, began captivating my attention in late 2014, over six years after he hanged himself in his California home, not even mostly as a writer (though his Infinite Jest gave me, among other things, howling compassion […]

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The Body Keeps the Score, A Review

Bessel van der Kolk is a Dutch psychiatrist with 30 years of experience and infinitely more compassion. Reading his work felt like a hug, firm against my railing and flailing but not constricting or threatening. I have a friend who met him, […]

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“Inside Out,” A Review

Part innovation, part flagrant stereotype: just a few notes on Inside Out. I’ll start with Sadness because I felt a lot of resonance there. I read a critique of the film that Sadness’ character “normalizes depression,” but maybe we need a dose of that. […]

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What I Want The World To Know About Wanting The World to Know, Part 2

A few weeks ago, I’d written about writing To The World and how counter-productive I think it is. That’s coming from a place of deep concern for those who experience mental and emotional distress. Not enough people are angry about the hideously broken system […]

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Emotions are Not The Enemy, Part 2

As I said, there is always a reason for a particular emotion. Depression, for example, means a lot of things to a lot of people; rather than ask people, we do brain scans. Then we medicate feelings with drugs that have side […]

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Emotions Are Not The Enemy, Part 1

“My feelings, they don’t matter.” “Worship anyway.” “Feelings lie.” If those are various answers, the question might be something like “How are Christians encouraging one another when one is going through a hard time?” or “Name some song lyrics from contemporary worship […]

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The Life and Death Sentence of James Holmes, Part II

Clearly, this has taken longer than I expected to work out…and it may seem like an utter non sequitur to many so buckle up. So James Holmes was not sentenced to death because of one juror holdout and people are up in […]

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