Say what you will, but no one could play a victimized, melodramatic heroine like Joan Crawford. Her talents in this area are certainly on conspicuous display in the 1952 film Sudden Fear, in which she plays a popular and successful playwright Myra, who falls for a moderately talented actor Lester (Jack Palance), only to discover that he, … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “Sudden Fear” (1952)
I used to love goal-oriented words like “achievement” and “success”, but after my experience with depression, they’re more likely to make me uneasy than swoon. An inordinate focus on what I achieved, rather than an appreciation for my nuanced person, is part of what led to my struggle with mental health. Having refocused the way I interact with myself and the world makes me never want to go back to my old model of measuring self-worth.
I want my life to be filled with a lot less of things like Jack Donaghy’s (30 Rock) Six Sigma seminars.
Earlier in my Ph.D., I lived for the feeling that came from a grant being recommended for funding or receiving positive feedback on a talk. There was a certain high that came along with external validation – particularly because I didn’t do enough to…
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Some writers of historical fiction have a particular knack for evoking a sense of the strangeness of a past culture, capturing in their language the ethos that drives a particular culture. Mary Renault, Colleen McCullough, and Madeline Miller are examples of such writers, and with The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks proves that she can also be numbered … Continue reading Reading History: “The Secret Chord” (Geraldine Brooks)
You know, I have to admit to a fair amount of skepticism (I might even go so far as to say cynicism) about the recent Hollywood trend of taking the final volume of a book series and splitting it into two films. While that has been a decidedly mixed blessing for The Hunger Games, the final film, Mockingjay--Part … Continue reading Film Review: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 2 (2015)
Exterior of McLean Hospital, the institution referenced in Girl, Interrupted (photo by John Phelan)
“Is it going to be like ‘Girl, Interrupted’?” I cautiously asked my husband before being taken to the psychiatric wing of our local hospital. He assured me it wouldn’t and, in unfortunate ways, he was right.
I spent less than four hours under the hospital’s care, but what I saw I did not like. I was wheeled on to the locked floor by two security guards, past patients that didn’t look like me; they seemed overwhelmingly middle aged and male. I passed people in hospital gowns and people who were not high functioning. I was terrified.
I was condescended to as I tried to explain why I thought this was a higher level of care than I needed. I had signed away my autonomy at check in and was now in the unenviable position of…
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Released in 1950, Broken Arrow follows Tom Jeffords (James Stewart) desperately wants to forge a measure of peace between his own people and the Apache and is faced with opposition from both. While he is able to forge a measure of peace between the Apache chief Cochise (Jeff Chandler), he is steadfastly opposed by the more bellicose … Continue reading Screening History: “Broken Arrow” (1950)
Source: Hidden mental health troubles in the ivory tower (13 Nov. 2015)
In this installment of "Words I Hate," I want to talk about the word "offense." It seems like a particularly timely moment to talk about this word, given the ways in which politicians on the right have consistently attempted to reframe systemic issues (racism, for example) as just another example of people getting too easily … Continue reading Words I Hate: “Offense”
Sometimes you read a novel that leaves you feeling truly bereft when you turn the last page, not necessarily because you are sorry to be done reading it, but because the ending is so heartbreaking. Such is the case with the last of historical fiction novelist Sharon Kay Penman's trilogy about the relationship between Henry … Continue reading Reading History: “Devil’s Brood” (Sharon Kay Penman)
Since I'm all about spicing up my writing routine, I've decided to institute a new column here on Queerly Different, entitled "words I hate," in which I will argue that some words are consistently misused or are used in such a way that they obfuscate meaningful and critical dialogue and discussion. As an initial caveat, I will … Continue reading NEW COLUMN! Words I Hate: “Just”