July 4, 2015 |
Deeply personal and filled with love, Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear is nonetheless a hard movie to watch - hard to watch comfortably. Based on her experiences growing up with a father who was in and out of institutions, diagnosed with manic depression, Forbes' film throws a memoir-ish lasso around late-1970s Cambridge, Mass., where a family with a wildly careening dad, a mom trying to pursue a career, and two girls caught in the throes go...
August 30, 2014
ISSUE | LABOR DEAL Own up, don't blame If my plane takes off at 2:00 but I arrive at the airport at 2:05, it is my fault that I missed it ("Carpenters ready and willing to work," Aug. 26). The Convention Center set a deadline for the unions. Two out of six missed the deadline. Whose fault was that? Union leaders are not doing their members any favors by blaming management. Union members should elect more responsible leaders who can follow the rules. Large ads in newspapers complaining about being locked out only serve to pass the buck for their irresponsibility.
January 2, 2013 |
Manic depression is touching my soul. - Jimi Hendrix It is a peculiarity of the modern American temperament that spiritual and mental health, no less than shoe styles or skirt lengths, are subject to fashions and fads. So it seems with bipolar mood disorder, which lately appears to pervade popular culture. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Demi Lovato, and Russell Brand have spoken out about their struggle with the illness. Michael Angelakos, lead singer of indie rockers Passion Pit, stunned the music press last summer when he came out as bipolar, while Sinead O'Connor canceled her tour last spring, citing the illness.
November 21, 2012 |
Ellen Forney is feeling good. She's happy, energetic, ecstatic. So good it's unreal. She doesn't need to eat or sleep - there's too much to do! A cartoonist with a loyal following, she's bursting with new ideas. She's flying high, confident, and to her delight, hyper-sexualized. Little does she know that a few months later, she'll be so down, she'll be unable to get out of bed. So opens Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me , an exhilarating, immensely enjoyable graphic memoir by the Philadelphia-raised artist that chronicles her years-long struggle with bipolar disorder.
June 17, 2012 |
Lindsay Lohan was back on the set of her cable-TV movie Liz & Dick on Friday afternoon after she was ruled healthy by paramedics, her rep, Steve Honig, told the media Friday. The medics were called as a precaution by film producers after LiLo called to say she felt unwell. Honig denied claims LiLo was rushed to the hospital, saying she was exhausted and dehydrated. "She was on set last night at 7 p.m. and worked through the night until 8 a.m. this morning," said the rep. Kim Kardashian: Totally "I'm totally growing up," Kim Kardashian, 31, says with mature exuberance in a chat with Oprah set to air Sunday and June 24 on OWN. Kim, who was married to some NBA player for 72 days, says she's glad she's dating a more mature man, referring to her P.R. stunt of a relationship with pal Kanye West.
March 18, 2011 |
Fellow jazzman Joe Lovano once described Odean Pope as a "bad, bad, bad, beautiful musician, man. " Anybody who has heard Pope reign supreme on tenor sax over the years couldn't argue with that. But after sitting down with Pope the other day and listening to him candidly share details of his decades-long struggle with a personal demon, I'd have to add another word to that riff of superlatives. Courageous . For more than 30 years, Pope has suffered from bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression.
April 3, 2009 |
Boy Interrupted is a remarkable, deeply unsettling documentary about the life of Evan Perry, an uncommonly bright, talented boy from New York who committed suicide at age 15. It's all the more revealing, disturbing - and not a little bizarre - since it was made by the boy's parents, the husband-and-wife filmmaking team of Dana and Hart Perry. An educated, articulate couple, the Perrys seem to have documented every waking moment of their children's lives, which means we are given unprecedented firsthand footage of Evan literally from the moment he emerges from the womb to the weeks before his fatal jump from a window in his family's apartment in 2005.
August 21, 2004 |
Some people find Michael Jackson to be an odd man. Odd in appearance. Odd in behavior. If we begin with this premise, then news that he is looking to move to Liechtenstein may not seem all that odd. But then again, it is. Liechtenstein? Located in the Alpine region of Europe, Liechtenstein is one of the smallest countries in the world - 60 square miles, to be exact. In fact, it's not even referred to as a "country," but as a "principality. " It is renowned for its banking - like Switzerland, Liechtenstein is a tax haven where really wealthy people can stow their money in confidential bank accounts.
April 30, 2004 |
As a newly minted Ph.D., Kay Redfield Jamison was at the top of her game at age 28, or so it seemed. Inside, she was wracked by restless highs and debilitating lows. Only later would she learn their source: manic-depressive illness. The disease caused her to act oddly. Once, she ran laps in a parking lot outside her office at 2 a.m., releasing manic energy. "I was running fast, but slowly going mad," she told about 1,000 people who came out in the rain to hear her tale of illness and recovery at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church earlier this week.