On art, artists, Elliott Smith, Diane Arbus, psychobiography, and my new book The Enchanted Abyss. Check it out > LINK
About a month ago I was in Stockbridge MA to receive the Erik Erikson Prize–a tremendous honor for me, especially since Erikson was the person who, maybe more than anyone else, got me interested in psychobiography (along, of course, with Alan Elms). Anyway, I gave a 30 minute talk on the field that I think is an excellent current summary of my thoughts. It’s also a decent overview of one way of doing psychobiography first proposed in 2005 by Dan McAdams. Link is HERE.
Just wrote this for Salon.com. A sort of psychological take on why fans cannot accept a (male) star’s suicide, and why they inevitably blame the female in the star’s life. Link HERE
I’m into about chapter three of my new book. It’s on the link between suffering and art, and among other things it disputes the notion that making art is somehow intrinsically or automatically therapeutic (for the artist). Lots of case studies included–everyone from Francesca Woodman to John Lennon to Truman Capote to John Coltrane to Frida Kahlo. Please “like” the book’s page HERE. THANKS!
Here’s my salon.com piece on Elliott Smith’s magnificent “Roman Candle” record, which turns 20 on July 14, 2014. (LINK)
Here’s my piece on Peaches Geldof in the Spectator (LINK)
I really adored her and miss her.