Fentanyl: Ruim honderdduizend Amerikanen sterven jaarlijks aan een overdosis drugs, meer dan door vuurwapengeweld en verkeersongelukken bij elkaar. In de stad Saint Louis bezweken zeven mensen in de eerste week van februari aan één partij slechte drugs. Hoe kon het zo misgaan in de Parkview-flat?
Fear and self-loathing mark out the modern elite | Comment | The Times
The historian Lennard J Davis has linked the rise of obsessive disorders to the celebration of “precision, repetition, standardisation and mechanisation” in modern industrial societies. Citizens, he suggests, internalise the values their societies exalt.
After the death of the Velvet Underground front man, two archivists and his widow, Laurie Anderson, discovered a mysterious sealed package from 1965. Inside was treasure: never-before-heard, folky versions of “Heroin” and other classics.
Stoicism : 10 tools of ancient philosophy that improved my life
This is quite an annoying article, or make that 'advertisement for a book', from The Guardian 20-9-22. It is hard to imagine how you could fill up a whole book with this drivel. The fad of Stoicism will pass just like the fad of Zen and dare I say it, Catholicism, and like all of those it can pretty much be summed up with : Try to not want what you want — what a revelation! But the Stoics might add : try to not not want that which you have to have.
‘She has been the one and only stable female in my life’: Jeanette Winterson on mourning the Queen
‘When I realised there was going to be an announcement about her death, I changed into black and waited. She deserved that. Part of us goes with her’
I will miss the Queen. As an adopted person, she has been the one and only stable female in my life. Her portrait (Beaton) hung over our coal fire above the brass flying ducks. When Mrs Winterson was at her most volatile, taking my dad’s service (there’s that word again) revolver out of the duster and fiddling with the bullets embedded in a tin of Pledge, I looked to the Queen for help. She was better than Jesus because she was alive, as well as possessing special powers.
Albert Woodfox endured 43 years in solitary confinement, believed to be more than any other inmate in the history of the United States. He was locked in a 6ft by 9ft cell for 23 hours a day. For the remaining hour he was permitted to walk around a fenced-in concrete yard while shackled. He was mocked, beaten and tear-gassed by guards who subjected him to invasive daily strip searches. To bring the smallest semblance of variety into his days, Woodfox alternated between eating breakfast standing up or sitting down.
Night Terrors: why we have nightmares | Review | The Times 11 Sep 2022
Hypnopompic hallucinations are dreams you actually see, while awake. The dreaming brain’s slow-wave patterns persist even while other parts of the mind wake up, allowing dream images to “slip into the world around you”.