Several months ago, by chance, I came across an old America’s Got Talent Youtube video from the 1990’s. One of the talent judges (hard to miss at 6’ 5’’) was the inimitable Howard Stern. The contestant who was being introduced was a short, stocky, very muscular, wizened, elderly man.

“What…


“It would have been unimaginable only a few years ago for an Olympian to admit to significant doubts during the games, much less to withdraw from an event. …


A Memoir

You may not know his name but you are likely to recognize his face. Born in Dublin, he has starred in over eighty films for some of the cinema’s leading directors. He won a Golden Globe for his performance on HBO’s In Treatment.


Shortly before the November 3, 2020 presidential election I decided it was time to stop hedging my bets. Although it was still possible (in the sense that anything is possible) I could not conceive of a path that would take the Donald Trump we had known and loved to hate…


Kill or Be Killed

As 2020 winds down there have been some memorable endings; the fall of the mad king; first seismic cracks in Trumpism and the eerie imploding of the wall that never existed.

On a lesser note, here’s a last gasp from Will, our resident comedian who has vowed to pack it…


Five hours ago my wife hands me a note scribbled on the back of an envelope. Biden wins Nevada! Enough electoral votes to secure the 2020 presidential victory! The moment has been anticipated for a long time. So we hi-five, do the power bump and reflect briefly on what has…


For Trump to be reelected would take a political miracle much greater than the one that propelled him to the White House in 2016. Four years is not a long time, but given the warp speed at which Trump lurches from one political upheaval to another, it is more than…


By Dennis Overby and Derrick Bryson Taylor

Thus the New York Times (the paper of record) announced to the world (on Wednesday October 7, 2000) that:

“Dr. Penrose, a mathematician at Oxford University, has been awarded half of the approximately $1.1 million prize for proving that black holes must exist if Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity, known…


All of the quotes in this article are taken from New York Times Jennifer Senior’s wonderful review of Richard Ben Cramer’s, What It Takes. This is a timeless classic of the 1988 presidential campaign endorsing a stunning profile of a quintessential young man in a hurry, by the name of…


On April 4, 1957 Air Force Lieutenant Claude Eatherly was found “not guilty by reason of insanity” by a jury of his peers for attempting to burglarize a post office. …

Jerry Alper

Author. Psychotherapist. Writing about psychology for all to read. I also interview scientists.

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