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The Orange Couch does Mad Men: S7E5, “The Runaways”

This week’s episode was incredibly dense in its themes and allusions. Including this, which our intrepid publisher Roxanne Cooper dug up and sent me: Starting at 1:37. Clearly, Stanley Kubrick is the muse of this season. Eagle eyes who catch more allusions to Kubrick always welcome! In The Orange Couch,…

It’s okay to admit that mass hysteria is real

For some reason, this week’s Newsweek was really great, with an interesting story about how sports wives and girlfriends are an easy target for fan rage and Andrew Sullivan’s pretty good article on the contraception debacle, where he rehashes my theory that Obama set it up this way. (However, he…

Environment has a role

Conservatives are deep into denying that environment could play a role in pushing someone suffering from mental illness towards violence (except, of course, if they’re suggesting that someone mentally ill might be just really angry about health care reform), at least insofar as they need to in order to deny…

The mental illness gambit

Holding the right responsible for their paranoid, incendiary, violent rhetoric reminds me strongly of trying to put a cat in its carrier. You know it has to be done, but you really don’t want to do it. The cat is going to lash out. She’s going to hide under the…

GA legislatures exploit religious paranoia, likely mental illness

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Sometimes even I can be surprised by the depths that pandering Republican politicians will sink. I almost fell off the treadmill while watching this segment on “Rachel Maddow” about the Georgia legislature passing a bill that makes it…

Then again, depends on how you define sensitive

Josh Eidelson and Alyssa Rosenberg are having a discussion about the humor about race, ethnicity, and gender on “30 Rock”, and it’s well worth reading. All I’ll say is that I think both of them have a point. Alyssa’s right that “30 Rock” is sometimes very incisive, and Josh is…

Not a biological clock gone haywire

I’m troubled by some of the implications behind the strong possibility that the mother who recently had octuplets is mentally ill. This misreading exemplifies some of the essentialist thinking we should be wary of. The desire to have children is a very normal, biological urge, and there are plenty of…

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