It’s going back and forth by the minute, but Apple on Wednesday officially passed Microsoft in terms of market capitalization. The move puts Apple in second place behind only Exxon, who holds the top spot. Exxon’s market cap is $282.02 billion, Apple’s is $228.56 billion and Microsoft is $228.12 billion.
LOS ANGELES — Art Linkletter, who hosted the popular TV shows “People Are Funny” and “House Party” in the 1950s and 1960s, has died. He was 97.
His son-in-law Art Hershey says Linkletter died Wednesday at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles.
“Art Linkletter’s House Party,” one of television’s longest-running variety shows, debuted on radio in 1944 and was seen on CBS-TV from 1952 to 1969. cont'd.
Favorite shrinky books is the subject of a post at Shrinkrap. Bluetoblue gives us his top ten here. (Update: I see that Cheryl Fuller also took up the challenge--and I forgot about August, one of the books Cheryl recommends.)
In no particular order, here are a few books that have influenced my thinking over the years:
The Analysis of the Self by Heinz Kohut. In this seminal work, Kohut moved beyond drive theory, introducing the concept of the self-object transference to psychoanalysis. This enormously influential book represents the beginning of the self psychology movement that has transformed the way most contemporary psychoanalysts think about the analytic relationship. You can track the progression of Kohut's thinking in a series of books that followed the publication of Analysis of the Self.
Structures of Subjectivity: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Phenomenology by R Stolorow, B. Brandchaft. The authors move beyond Kohut, introducing the concept of the intersubjective field as the central theoretical construct necessary for an understanding of the therapeutic relationship. Also worth reading are several other books on intersubjective theory and therapy by Stolorow, Brandchaft, George Atwood, Frank Lachmann and Donna Orange.
The Interpersonal World of the Infant, by Daniel Stern. If you have difficulty with the concept of the Self, begin here. Based on extensive videotaped interactions between mothers and children, Stern developed a theory of self structuralization with profound implications for the theory and practice of depth psychotherapies.
The Bipersonal Field: In this book and in his subsequent works, Robert Langs developed an adaptive theory of the mind featuring two emotion processing systems: the conscious system, which is fraught with anxiety-reducing defensive distortions, and a brilliantly perceptive unconscious processor that is extremely wise, but also anxiety-provoking. Within a therapeutic context, both of these systems react to triggering deviations from the ideal therapeutic framework, often in opposing ways. Langs developed a system of trigger decoding based upon conscious AND unconscious communication about these adaptive reactions. My approach to listening, framework management and self-supervision was forever changed by Langs.
Borderline Personality and Pathological Narcissism: Otto Kernberg offers rich theoretical insight into primitive affects, defenses and object relations. Although he certainly isn't the last word on the subject, if you're serious about understanding the borderline personality organization, Kernberg is essential reading.
Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis Freud (translation Strachey). It all began for me here.
The Technique and Practice of Psychoanalysis, Vol I by Ralph Greenson. I read this early in my training. A nice primer on classical analytic practice.
Playing and Reality by Donald Winnicott. I feel compelled to quote Amazon reviewer Franz Metcalf at length, in his response to a couple of know-nothings who panned this brilliant work:
[I]n an enormous leap away from Freud--[Winnicott creates] a vision of the complex and beautiful relationship of the infant and primary caregiver. In fact he speaks of the "mother infant dyad," rather than two separate persons during the first few months of life. From this union, if all goes well, the child gradual emerges and develops a sense of self through a process of disillusionment by the mother, in doses the infant can withstand.
As this occurs, the child symbolizes the lost union with the mother in what DWW calls "transitional objects" and, with the comfort of these objects, begins to play in what DWW calls the "potential space." We might call it the realm of culture, of love, and of religion. Only with successful caregiving does the child have a chance to fully develop as a person, and DWW shows, in loving detail and case histories, how this happens through the devotion of the mother.This is why DWW's work is vital not merely to psychoanalysts, but to every person on this planet. His work has influenced two generations of therapists, theorists, and educators and, indirectly, every one of us. Further, his work has increasingly been supported by developmental insights gained from attachment theory and other experimental and verifiable studies.
Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self by Allan N. Schore. A staggering integration of neuroscience, child development, the mother-child dyad, brain-to-brain communication, psychotherapy, psychology of the self, affect regulation, psychopathology and the kitchen sink. Also check out Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self, Affect Regulation and Repair of the Self. Schore is brilliant.
Commenter Katie at Shrink Rap recommended Learning from the Patient, by Patrick Casement. I can endorse her recommendation. Initially I included this book in my list, but dropped it before posting, not because it isn't outstanding, but because it didn't particularly exert any new influence on my thinking. For those who are not familiar with unconscious communication, internal supervision, supervision by the patient and what Casement calls communication by impact (arising from projective identification), this book will offer a wealth of helpful insights into the therapeutic process.
Photo by Howard Hollem. Left-click image to enlarge.
Bantam, Connecticut. In the basement of the town firehouse is the bowling alley, revenue from which helps to support the town's volunteer fire companies. Each night is allotted to a specific group, and there are several hot rivalries. Among the women shown here is Mrs. Winfield Peterson whose husband is foreman of the Warren McArthur experimental shop.
Looks like this is duckpin bowling. There are still a few duckpin lanes scattered through Southern New England. Here is some video shot at an alley in Waterbury, CT.
From the NY Times, probably exaggerated, but I suspect more than a grain of truth.
“Everybody smokes dope after work,” said Anthony Bourdain, the author and chef who made his name chronicling drugs and debauchery in professional kitchens. “People you would never imagine.”
So while it should not come as a surprise that some chefs get high, it’s less often noted that drug use in the kitchen can change the experience in the dining room.
In the 1980s, cocaine helped fuel the frenetic open kitchens and boisterous dining rooms that were the incubators of celebrity chef culture. Today, a small but influential band of cooks says both their chin-dripping, carbohydrate-heavy food and the accessible, feel-good mood in their dining rooms are influenced by the kind of herb that can get people arrested.
Call it haute stoner cuisine.
“There has been an entire strata of restaurants created by chefs to feed other chefs,” Mr. Bourdain said. “These are restaurants created specially for the tastes of the slightly stoned, slightly drunk chef after work.”
“You like to eat stuff with texture and that is really deep in flavors,” said Ms. Tosi, who acknowledged the stoner appeal of her creations. “You want the ultimate sensory experience.”
Even for people who don’t use illegal drugs, the deep flavors and sensory appeal of dishes like the breakfast burrito pizza at Roberta’s in Bushwick, Brooklyn, have an undeniable appeal. They plug directly into the reptilian portion of our brains, the side that wants what it wants and wants it now — and also a big bowl of it, please.
“I always call it the Big Mac effect,” said the chef Vinny Dotolo, who owns Animal in Los Angeles with Jon Shook. Mr. Shook’s version of the French-Canadian dish poutine, built from Cheddar cheese and French fries covered in oxtail gravy, might be considered for the haute stoner food hall of fame.
On a personal note, I've never tried poutine, but I suspect the effect is, indeed, much like a couple of Big Macs or drive-through Jack in the Box burritos at 3:00 AM.