“My Greco-Judeo Childhood” (written by Anita Altman – my mom)

This is a piece of writing my mom wrote a few years ago about growing up as a Greek Jew in the East (South) Bronx. She’s turning 70 next week and retiring from her job and I’ve always loved this essay and realized it didn’t exist online. So here it … Continue reading

The Spiritual Gift of Madness

In a couple weeks I’m speaking on a panel called: New Mad Pride Movement: “Schizophrenics” and “Bipolars” as the New Spiritual Vanguard? at the Left Forum with Seth Farber who wrote the book The Spiritual Gift of Madness: The Failure of Psychiatry and the Rise of the Mad Pride Movement. John … Continue reading

People’s DSM Project

Friends: I have a to take a class for Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College this summer called “Human Behavior 3” which is basically a bunch of students having to memorize the DSM-V. I’ve been putting off learning the DSM for many years (see this essay I wrote … Continue reading