February 14, 2011 |
The premise Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) dances for a New York City ballet company that is preparing for a production of "Swan Lake. " Stressed out by the competition to be the Swan Queen and smothered by a controlling mother (Barbara Hershey), Nina starts scratching and pulling off chunks of her own skin. She suffers from growing paranoia and startling delusions, including violent and erotic hallucinations involving her competitor Lily (Mila Kunis). On stage, Nina gives stirring performances as both the white swan and the evil seductress black swan.
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December 18, 1988
Sheryl Lynn Massip is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for the murder of her 6-week-old son, Michael. Massip argued in court that she was driven to kill her son by postpartum psychosis, a malady that is believed to cause severe mood swings, irritability, depression and, in some extreme cases, hallucinations and violence. The 24-year-old Anaheim woman, who ran over her infant with the family car, was convicted of second-degree murder and could be sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison.
June 4, 1990 |
Jim Bakker's cellmate today denied tabloid reports the evangelist has turned into a raving lunatic behind bars and said he spends his days comforting the sick and dying at a federal prison hospital. David Miskavige, in a letter to a reporter, said tabloid reports that the PTL founder is suffering hallucinations and preaches to imaginary congregations are blatant lies.
November 21, 2011 |
The premise Curtis (Michael Shannon) is an Ohio construction worker whose mother, Sarah (Kathy Baker), is a paranoid schizophrenic who had to leave the family when Curtis was still a child. Now Curtis begins to develop a series of nightmares about a pending storm (often multiple tornadoes), his dog attacking him and being a victim of a serious car accident. On several occasions, the sensations of the dreams carry over to his daytime life. He sees a therapist. Though Curtis is concerned about his family history, he tells the therapist he thinks he may just be suffering from a brief psychosis, since, despite his nightmares, delusions and visual and auditory hallucinations, he lacks the disorganized speech, behavior and other negative symptoms that also characterize schizophrenia.
April 7, 2002
About today's sports announcers, I could not agree more ("They Shoot, They Bore," by Paul Brownfield, March 31). During last year's baseball playoffs, Jason Giambi was up at bat with two men on base. A Fox dunderhead said, "Giambi would be better off hitting a double rather than a home run to keep the opposing pitcher out there longer." Obviously the opposing manager might take him out anyway if he gives up the double, but since when is two runs better than three? The disease is called "I want to hear myself talkitis."
July 3, 1988
I object to the case of Billy Redmond. The author states: "(David) Paster diagnosed Billy as suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder--he couldn't concentrate, had too much energy and acted impulsively." I don't think Billy "suffered"--however, I'm sure the school suffered with a child they couldn't control. The prescription of Ritalin is glossed over without any warning of the possible side effects (such as headaches, rashes, retarded growth, weight loss, hallucinations and stomachaches)
January 15, 2001
Re: "When You Hear Music and There's No One There, Get a Checkup" (People's Pharmacy, Jan. 8): The question posed to you from a reader asking if "hearing music in someone's head" could be treated by herbal remedies was only less weird in comparison with your answer that it could be a toxic reaction to medication, Parkinson's disease or a brain tumor. Is this column meant to be a joke? The reader said: "Sometimes it is orchestral; other times it is a chorus of voices." Instead of scaring them with a bunch of diseases, I think that the People's Pharmacy should have suggested that this person be evaluated by a music school, as they might be ready to start a new career as a composer or an orchestra arranger and will win a Grammy Award for their--as the People's Pharmacy stated--"auditory hallucinations."
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April 8, 2013 |
The second of two hikers rescued after being lost for days in Orange County's brushy back country is in improved condition and will be released from the hospital Monday after being treated for dehydration and other injuries. Kyndall Jack, 18, was rescued from thick brush in the Trabuco Canyon area midday Thursday, the day after her hiking companion, Nicolas Cendoya, was found shoeless and disoriented. The two had become separated after taking off late Easter Sunday on what was to be a routine day hike toward Holy Jim Canyon, a moderate roundtrip trek of less than 3 miles.
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April 7, 2013 |
Nicolas Cendoya, the 19-year-old college student rescued last week after getting lost while hiking with a friend in the Trabuco Canyon area of Orange County, on Sunday offered his first detailed public account of the ordeal that nearly cost the two their lives. Cendoya said he and friend Kyndall Jack, 18, quickly realized they were in trouble as night began falling during a lengthy and poorly planned Easter Sunday hike. By then their water bottle was nearly empty and he was shirtless and drenched in sweat from an arduous climb.
August 23, 2009 |
John the Revelator A Novel Peter Murphy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 254 pp., $25 In "John the Revelator," music journalist Peter Murphy has made a novel out of the sorties and travails of a boy growing up in a small Irish town. In fact, with its loose collection of characters, incidents and spaced-out riffs, it more closely resembles the sometimes disparate cuts on a pop album. John Devine, the protagonist and narrator, provides the uncertain voice linking these stories; yet neither stories nor voice manages to configure him as the novel's central personage.