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The Philoctetes Myth and The Wound and the Bow

Francis Levy | Posted 06.26.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

There's no person or thing that can replace loss. It just sits there and then life takes its course and the pain turns into memory that is ultimately distorted by some degree of denigration or idealization depending on the compromise formation that occurs in the psyche of the mourner.

The Fame Lunches

Francis Levy | Posted 11.26.2014 | Home
Francis Levy

There is an obligatory and routine sanctimony to op-ed columns mourning the loss of the celebrity who didn't make it. These antics usually last about ...

First Nighter: Check Out 'Hellman v. McCarthy,' 'Red Velvet,' 'Heathers'

David Finkle | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

On January 20, 1980 Mary McCarthy, never known to mince words in print or in person, was asked on Dick Cavett's PBS talk show whom she considered overrated writers. After a moment's thought, Lillian Hellman came to her mind.

Art Versus Life for the Heavyweight Title of the World

Francis Levy | Posted 12.10.2013 | Home
Francis Levy

In an essay entitled "Examined Lives," (The American Scholar, Autumn 2013) the prominent biographer Phyllis Rose makes the following statement: "The m...

The Ethics of Gender Transition

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

We should recognize that children are far more resilient than we believe they are. Love, and honesty, go a very long way, even with severe social and personal stress. And thankfully we're mostly past all that Freudian nonsense about absent fathers and clinging or refrigerator mothers.

Gregory Beyer

Death Becomes Them: The Imperfect Art of Posthumous Publishing

HuffingtonPost.com | Gregory Beyer | Posted 06.21.2011 | Home

When an author dies, what happens to his unfinished manuscripts? From Max Brod’s famous refusal to burn the papers left behind by his friend Franz K...