Review from TimeMagazine.com:
“MIT Psychologist Sherry Turkle has spent the past 30 years studying the way people interact with computers–and the past 15 years researching and writing this book. The work has paid off: nobody has ever articulated so passionately and intelligently what we’re doing to ourselves by substituting technologically mediated social interaction–texting, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook–for the face-to-face kind. Equipped with penetrating intelligence and a sense of humor, Turkle surveys the front lines of the social-digital transformation: girls who use software to make themselves look thinner in Facebook photos, children who watch their BlackBerry-addicted parents text their way through family dinners, robots designed to have emotional interactions with humans. There’s no scolding here: Turkle never loses her empathic connection with people who are struggling to figure out the new rules. But she never loses her sense of what’s at stake either. “Our problems with the Net are becoming too distracting to ignore,” she writes. “We don’t need to reject or disparage technology. We need to put it in its place.”
- Evocative Objects edited by Sherry Turkle – review (guardian.co.uk)
- Why we expect more from technology and less from each other [Andre Biester] (ecademy.com)
“Few books nourish the psyche and stir the heart as much as My Brother’s Madness.”-David Unger, author of Life in the Damn TropicsMy Brother’s Madness is based on the author’s relationship with his brother-who had a psychotic breakdown in his late forties-and explores the unfolding of two intertwined lives and the nature of delusion. Circumstances lead one brother from juvenile crime on the streets of Brooklyn to war-torn Vietnam, to a fast-track life as a Hollywood publicist and to owning and operating The Tin Palace, one of New York’s most legendary jazz clubs, while his brother falls into, and fights his way back from, a delusional psychosis.
My Brother’s Madness is part thriller, part exploration that not only describes the causes, character, and journey of mental illness, but also makes sense of it. It is ultimately a story of our own humanity, and answers the question, Am I my brother’s keeper?”
You may purchase My Brother’s Madness on Amazon.com by clicking here.
“It is 1967. Kevin has just graduated from high school in the university town of Laketon, New York. People dressed in red are after him and his truck starts laughing at him. Then the Satan bugs arrive. Even these events don’t stop him from falling in love. Kevin’s journey with schizophrenia takes him through some of America’s most turbulent and exciting times, from anti-war rallies and communes to cross-country road trips and Woodstock. In state hospitals and homeless in New York City, Kevin has the experiences that define a generation of the mentally ill. Kevin is a hero, fighting demons that inhabit his world-a world that is unknown to the rest of us. His family joins him, overwhelmed and misunderstood by the professionals that are supposed to help them. Have you ever seen a mentally ill man on the street talking to himself and wondered what he is thinking, what he is like, what is his story? You will know after reading this book.
Terry Garahan began his work with the mentally ill in 1975, interviewing patients being discharged from Willard Psychiatric Hospital in upstate New York. He developed programs to reintroduce them to the community. This was followed by many years supervising a mental health outpatient clinic in Ithaca, New York. His work gave him insight into the lives of individuals who are mostly avoided by the rest of society. His groundbreaking effort developing police/mental health programs is well documented in a New York Times cover story and a 60 Minutes ll segment with Dan Rather. He is an FBI-trained hostage negotiator and crisis counselor who worked with hundreds of World Trade Center survivors after September 11, 2001. He currently teaches mental health and counseling at Ithaca College.”
You may also purchase When Truth Lies on Amazon.com by clicking here.
You may visit Terry Garahan’s blog by clicking here.
- When Mental Illness is a Family Affair: Q&A with Victoria Costello (psychcentral.com)
- Yo, schizophrenics: Talk about it, assess yourself (scienceblog.com)
- A Doctor Who’s Thankful for Mom with Schizophrenia (psychcentral.com)