Arts & Life


Thu March 29, 2012
Author Interviews

'Triggered': Anxiety And The Doubting Disorder

In Triggered, Fletcher Wortmann describes his struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as the "doubting disorder."
Thomas Dunne Books

From a young age, Fletcher Wortmann spent countless hours absorbed by his obsessions. In third grade, he became consumed with the idea that every nonwater substance on the planet would soon freeze. He spent hours laying plans for how he and his family would survive. Over and over, he replayed an imagined apocalypse.

Though he wouldn't be diagnosed until many years later, in retrospect Wortmann realizes the episode marked his "first full-blown bout" with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Thu March 29, 2012

On The Glories (And Hazards) Of Grandparenting

Nineteen years after Anne Lamott gave birth to the child she wanted desperately enough to become a single mother, her son, Sam, called with the news that he and his 20-year-old on-again-off-again girlfriend were expecting. "They're both a little young, but who asked me?" Lamott writes, setting the self-deprecating tone for Some Assembly Required.

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Thu March 29, 2012

Influential Poet Adrienne Rich Dies At 82

The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry described Adrienne Rich as "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century." Rich died Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz, California, at the age of 82. She suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and macular degeneration.



Wed March 28, 2012
Monkey See

DVD Picks: 70 Years of 'Casablanca'

Warner Home Video

Time now for a home viewing recommendation from NPR's movie critic, Bob Mondello. He's found himself swept up this week by the 70th Anniversary edition boxed set of Casablanca.

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Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Hungry For More 'Downton Abbey?' There's Always 'Downton Arby's'

One of us here on The Two-Way's vast staff of ... two ... enjoys Downton Abbey, the British TV series that's the Upstairs, Downstairs of this decade (hint, it's the old blogger with the receding hairline who's a fan).

For those of us who miss the show when it's between seasons (like now), at least there's this Downton Arby's spoof from Yahoo.

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