LET THERE BE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIGHT

“It’s an incredibly loaded subject–this diaphanous soup we live in…It feels primeval. There’s a sense of the undifferentiated, the nonhierarchical. It’s not exactly a dramatic light. In fact, ‘dramatic’ is exactly what it’s not. If anything, it’s meditative. And there’s something really peculiar about it. In places where you get a crisp, sharp light with […]

JERUSALEM SYNDROME

From Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis, by Christine Montross “The third category of tourists afflicted by Jerusalem syndrome…is the most mind-boggling. This category is described as the “pure” form of the syndrome, because its sufferers have no history of mental illness. These tourists experience an acute psychotic event […]

VAN GOGH IN THE ASYLUM

“His unattractive appearance, his touchy character, his whims had alienated people. He had never analyzed his illness more clearly, endured men’s hostility with so much resignation, or spoken of his art with more common sense and lucidity, but now he was considered mad. He was sent back to the hospital. In Paris, Theo [Vincent’s brother […]

A GUN IS AN ANTI-SACRAMENT

A sacrament is that which brings into being what it signifies. A handshake signifies friendship and it brings into being more friendship. An embrace signifies warmth, and it brings into being more warmth. The Sacrament of Reconciliation signifies forgiveness and it brings into being more forgiveness. The Eucharist signifies sacrificial love and it brings into […]