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Time for a little TED

I know, I know–you’re tired of looking at my toast. I’m sorry. What can I say? I just started a new job at MarketWatch – yes, Dow Jones’ MarketWatch – the electronic financial broadsheet many predict will soon be owned and operated by the man Americans love to hate almost as much as W. and…

Apropos of Nothing At All

Question 1 What do the toaster companies have against rye bread? Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Question 2: How does The Times Magazine’s in-house interviewer Deborah Solomon continue to land interviews with the newsworthy and notable? Case in point: An excerpt from this week’s Q&A with the creator of HBO’s Entourage. DS: I assume your milieu…

Love is ‘On the Air’

Just a quick note to let all you fellow Brooklynites know about a “singles mixer” (those are ironic quotes) being put on by the brilliant minds behind Radio Lab “the science show for people who think they don’t like science.” The formula behind the festivities? “Chemistry + Biology + Radio = Love…or something like it.”…

In Search of Synergy

Charlie Rose recently ran a show billed as “A discussion about the legacy of Sigmund Freud.” I’d urge anyone interested in the impact of neuroscience on psychotherapeutic practice to take the time to watch it. The title is a bit misleading. It’s less a discussion of Freud’s contributions than it is a free wheeling conversation…

Dear Neurontic

I’m told I went out last night and that many beers were consumed, but I have no memory of the event. Why does too much hooch make us forget? And does the fact that I “blacked out” mean I should reserve a place in rehab? Sincerely, Chastened Boozehound Dear Boozehound, You probably never thought you’d…

Summer Vacation

The boyfriend and I are headed out of town for a couple of weeks, folks. I plan to post, but it’ll be intermittent. In the meantime, send in your ‘Dear Neurontic’ questions to orlivan [at] gmail.com. Best, Orli

Battling God

A few months ago, I wrote about my “issues” with the Dawkins/Dennett anti-religion campaign, which concluded: Dawkins and Dennett simply cannot understand the impulse to cling to an antiquated belief system not grounded in fact. (They seem incapable of recognizing that religion, despite its myriad flaws, provides a type of moral succor in times of…

A review of Carved in Sand, by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin I won’t lie to you. The press release for Carved in Sand did not inspire confidence. “When journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin was in her early 40s, she began forgetting things and was having trouble concentrating,” reads the description of the book: Embarrassed, but also concerned,…

Anatomy of a Monster

For those of us with even a passing knowledge of psychology, Virginia Shooter Seung Cho’s plays read like a fictionalized retelling of DSM IV, the bible of psychiatric disorders. The characters exhibit signs of everything from paranoia, to pedophilia, to anti-social personality disorder, and psychopathy. Lucinda Roy, one of Cho’s English professors was so alarmed…

Playing with the Truth

I recently landed a gig writing how-to articles aimed at college students for a website that shall remain nameless. The site is predicated on the notion that recent grads are hapless fools, incapable of grappling with real world responsibilities, like renting an apartment or choosing an appropriate 401K plan. As it happens, I really was…