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What Cronenberg's Movie The Fly Can Teach Us About Trigger Warnings

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 09.26.2016 | Education
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

There's this scene in David Cronenberg's movie The Fly that's pretty hard to watch. Actually, there are a lot of scenes in that movie that are pretty hard to watch. That's kind of the point of the movie, which is also kind of the point of this essay, but first, let's describe the scene in question in order to get to the essay in question.

The Path - The Most Uncomfortable Show that I Can't Stop Watching

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 04.25.2017 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

I am uncomfortably under the spell of Hulu's new drama, The Path. I promise no spoilers in this essay, so don't worry as we start by going over the p...

Trying to Get Excited for Star Wars

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

OK. I'm probably gonna get my you-know-what's cut off with a light saber for writing this, but I guess I'll take the plunge. I am excited for Star Wars, but I can't get myself to be as excited as I feel I should be.

Chilling Out About the Portland Diner Incident

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2016 | Parents
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

With all that is going on in the world, it seems that this is currently among the stories that a lot of people and parents want to talk about most. I've even been asked to offer my thoughts by friends and patients.

I want Mad Max to Drive My Kia Rondo

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 05.20.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

OK, I'll admit it. I'll admit that I was skeptical when I heard about the "remake" of Mad Max. I enjoy powerful and happy nostalgia for the giddy "I-don't-give-a-flying-f" exuberance of the first two movies.

Guns, Guns, Guns. Enough Already.

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

The recent shooting at the University of North Carolina is of course complicated, but I can't help but to think that had a gun not been available, those students would still be alive.

Waiting for the Walking Dead: 6 Related Films to Get You Through Sunday

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

I must issue this disclaimer: This list is not -- in fact could not possibly be -- exhaustive. My goal is to get you ready for Sunday night with some stuff that you might not have seen.

The Lies We Tell Ourselves: Resiliency and Nostalgic Reverie

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

Nowadays, we call these false recollections "nostalgia." But do we mean when we use this term? Is there a formal definition? And why does this matter in today's sometime grim world?

Football Needs to Reclaim Its Nostalgia

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 11.22.2014 | Sports
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

You know what's missing from this year's football? Football. There's plenty of football news, but that isn't of course the same thing. We've got head injuries and the latest spate of domestic violence. But what we don't have is the game itself.

Happily H-mping Hamsters and Explaining This To Your Child

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

As you might guess by his name, Mr. Speckles is a male hamster. If you are wondering how I know that Mr. Speckles is a male hamster, then you have obviously never seen a male hamster. It's pretty obvious and therefore intimidating to the rest of us with Y-chromosomes.

If You're a Teen, Divergent Isn't Divergent At All

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

There is a hidden grain of resiliency buried near the surface of the dour and cloudy plots that these movies bring us. Remember that the best fiction, and especially the best fantasy fiction, often show us how NOT to behave.

Witches Are Sexier Than Zombies (and Maybe Even Cooler)

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 02.16.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

The current transformation from zombie to witch as the go-to horror storyboard is representative of a nuanced shift in our ever-changing sense of collective self-identity. Zombies are genderless. Zombies are identity-less. Zombies are, well... less.

Five Important Things to Keep in Mind as The Walking Dead Returns

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

Do they WANT this? Do they WANT to have to carry around swords and worry that grandma isn't grandma but is instead a ravenous crocodilian humanoid (who nevertheless still wears her apron) and who will never, ever again bring you a holiday present?

Tom Bombadil Tries to Stop Todd: A Breaking Bad Conundrum

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2013 | TV
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

Todd is a Stepford Psychopath. He's ironically and brilliantly the exact same character as he was on Friday Night Lights. Todd is Landry without a conscience.

Zombies on My Calculator -- Back to School Zombie Tips

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 11.03.2013 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

World War Z is still cleaning up at the box office and there are zombie cookbooks and zombie walks and zombie dentists and pretty much anything else you can think of with the term zombie in front of it.