Book Review: War and Turpentine

Posted in History, Library Corner

by Simona O. Grabel, PhD A book which begins with a quote from All Quiet on the Western Front gives us fair warning of the cataclysm which is to follow.  In War and Turpentine, the Flemish author Stefan Hertmans offers us a fictionalized account of his beloved grandfather’s memoirs, whose life spanned two centuries.  Perhaps in atonement for the heirloom watch the author dropped and shattered, Hertman’s account of his grandfather’s life...

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Dreaming Together and Apart in LA LA LAND

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

On Tuesday December 20th, BPSI screened  LA LA LAND at the Coolidge Corner Theater, as part of it’s monthly Off the Couch series. The following was adapted from remarks delivered following the screening.   Benjamin Herbstman, MD, MHS   Thank you for joining us tonight for this achingly beautiful film, and thanks for sticking around for the discussion.  I’d like to take about 10 minutes to talk about how film,...

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The Election and Family Values

Posted in History, Social Awareness

By: Alexandra Murray Harrison, M.D. Important Note: The image in this post and in all the previous ones are not images of the children discussed in the posting. They are simply children whose photos I have collected throughout my travels.  After the election, I was moved to write a blog post to parents and other child caregivers to support them in talking to their children about the election. Many parents at the preschool where I consult were...

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BPSI Off the Couch: MOONLIGHT

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

Find out what what said about MOONLIGHT at November’s Off the Couch.   Moonlight: Talk for Off the Couch by Judith A. Yanof First, a bit of background:  Moonlight is an independent film, written and directed by Barry Jenkins.  It is the second feature film by this 36 year-old writer/director. The story is taken and adapted from an unproduced play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.”  The story is set...

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BPSI Off the Couch: SNOWDEN

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

Did you miss Rodrigo Barahona’s discussion of SNOWDEN at The Coolidge Theatre on Tuesday, September 20, 2016? Read below to see what got the conversation started:     If this film were on my couch, these are the words that would come to my mind as I listened to its story: Idealization Voyeurism Exhibitionism Boundaries Privacy The...

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Meet the Author: Ilonka Venier Alexander “The Life and Times of Franz Alexander: From Budapest To California” – VIDEO

Posted in History, Library Corner

Ilonka Venier Alexander and Shari Thurer met in our library on June 21, 2016, to discuss The Life and Times of Franz Alexander: From Budapest To California published by Karnac in 2015.  Ilonka’s grandfather, Franz Alexander, was the first graduate of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute, the man who turned down Freud’s offer to enter into private practice in Vienna, and the man Freud told to go to America and spread the doctrine of...

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