Archive for May, 2015

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Things American: Baltimore Authors Respond to the Death of Freddie Gray

Baltimore bench
Last month I was one of six Baltimore writers asked by Nate Brown, editor of American Short Fiction to share my thoughts about Freddie Gray, the young black man who died in police custody in April. Nate emailed me shortly after six Baltimore police officers were charged in Gray’s death and while the city was still on edge after the night of unrest that followed weeks of peaceful marches and protests. The six officers have just been indicted by a grand jury though some of the charges have been slightly altered from the preliminary filing.


Are women taking too many psych meds?

Sad woman

My friends at Baltimore Style magazine asked me to take a look at some of the claims advanced in a new book by Manhattan psychiatrist Julie Holland, Moody Bitches: The Truth About he Drugs You’re Taking, The Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy. So I talked to some experts in women & mood disorders and found that Holland’s advice to ditch the meds may do some women more harm than good.