Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday Reading



The trauma of a gifted child whose mother was Alice Miller
by Maya Sela
Alice Miller (1923-2010) was a psychologist who studied childhood and became an icon in the field for her first book “The Drama of the Gifted Child,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide since its 1982 publication. She wrote about the ruinous role of education, castigated the use of violence against children, and analyzed the destructive relationship between parents and children. 
Given this background, it comes as a surprise to meet her son, Martin Miller, 64, who was in Israel last month. His autobiography, “The True ‘Drama of the Gifted Child’,” was published recently in Germany and France. Alice Miller’s own German and American publishers declined to publish it. The reason, says Miller, who wrote the book in German, is that “they are afraid they will no longer make a profit from her books.”
Read More at Haaretz


‘Trainspotting’ Is ‘Pretty Woman’ For Boys
by Brigit McCone
Consider the openings: Renton runs down the road to the voiceover of the iconic “choose life” monologue, before colliding with a car. The camera shares the perspective of the car’s occupants, stalled in their protective shell of metal, as this threatening creature of countercultural anarchy peers in at them. And laughs. Now consider our camera sharing Richard Gere’s perspective, stalled in the protective shell of his luxury vehicle, as the threatening prostitute of countercultural anarchy peers in at him. And laughs.
Read More at Bitch Flicks


Is Religion Really a Choice?
by Heina Dadabhoy
Most people, religious or not, will claim to have selected their own belief system or lack thereof without compulsion or too much in the way of influence. At the same time, many (if not most) are ready, willing, able, and even eager to point out the environmental and other external factors that lead others to their disparate religious choices.
Read More at Heinous Dealings


#WhiteHistoryMonth: Britain’s Racist Election
by Elliot Ross
The story is remarkable (for a fuller write-up, check Stuart Jeffries’ piece for the Guardian from last year) and well worth repeating. For example, we find out that it was Cressida Dickens, the 9-year-old daughter of a Conservative party strategist, who coined the infamous slogan: “If you want a n***** for a neighbour, vote Labour.” She says the slogan occurred to her after chanting the rhyme “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a n***** by the toe” in the school playground.
Read More at Africa Is A Country


'Cinderella' Gives The Titular Character A Personality - Yay!
by Deborah Pless
My problem with Cinderella, at least the animated one, has always been that Cinderella never really *does* anything. She never chooses anything, and as far as you can tell in the movie, she doesn't have any control over her life or what happens to her. She seems to just drift through the world, falling into things. And sure, she's nice and sweet and kind, but it seems less like a personality trait and more like the drugged smile of someone on a lot of mood stabilizers. Trust me. I would know.
Read More at Kiss My Wonder Woman


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