The incredible Mr. Hughes, birth to middle-age

Sidney Lumet’s Network¬†(1976) deals with the immense (mostly negative) power behind the huge media networks (*). A decade later, Peter Weir’s The Truman Show¬†(1998) tackles one of the networks’ most enduring offerings, the daily soap opera, or ‘soapie’. Written by Paddy Chayefsky and Andrew Niccol, respectively, the movies observe and comment on the stark realities… Continue reading The incredible Mr. Hughes, birth to middle-age

Dealing with the Black Dog of depression

What do Alexander the Great, Hans Christian Andersen, Drew Barrymore, Beethoven, Irving Berlin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Marlon Brando, Truman Capote, Ray Charles, Paddy Chayefsky, Frederic Chopin, Vincent Van Gogh, Winston Churchill, Leonard Cohen, Sheryl Crow and Charles Darwin (and millions of others) have in common? All suffered from Depression or from Manic-Depression in various degrees of… Continue reading Dealing with the Black Dog of depression