The first thing you need to know about secure psychiatric facilities is that their bathrooms smell strongly of pee. That may not seem remarkable to you. Many bathrooms smell of pee. But the facility in which I was a guest this time last year was notably immaculate in every other way. A lot of time […]
Smart people are a-dime-a-dozen. Very smart people are common. Though geniuses are statistically uncommon, humanity's surging tide produces tens of thousands of them in every generation. But even geniuses are people, and people tend to play the hand that is dealt to them, or else discard just a few cards to draw new ones. Few […]
What if a talented artist had a blog? What if that talented artist was also thoughtful and a good writer? What if that talented artist and writer was also a medical student, and used his gifts to talk about the experience of medical education and what it said about us, and about the gulf between […]
Depression is hard to talk about. I don't mean "there's a social stigma to it", although that's true. I don't mean "modern society calls minor mood swings 'depression' and medicates them with lifestyle drugs, so the depths of true depression are hard to convey to someone", although that's also true. I mean that depression is […]
There are three things people get wrong about the prosecution and heartbreaking suicide of Aaron Swartz. Two of those things are about the criminal justice system. They're disturbing, but not difficult to talk about. The third thing is about depression. It's very difficult to talk about. But I'm going to talk about it anyway.
My trial is "trailing" .. meaning that we're sitting around waiting for another trial to be finished before we start. It's maddening in some ways — straining at the leash, unable to stand down from high-tension preparedness. On the other hand it is a good opportunity to polish opening statements and cross-examinations, improve demonstrative exhibits, […]