March 11, 1996
Jerry Colburn's theory on "Babe" was a bit farfetched ("Lingering Over the Lessons of 'Babe,' " Counterpunch, Feb. 26). How he could speculate that "Babe" is about midlife crisis was amusing. He reminds me of the psychiatrist who thought Disneyland was filled with sexual symbols. He refers to the movie letting us feel sympathy for the animals' mortal condition as an aside--not as the primary issue. The next time you eat bacon or ham, or any animal, remember that it once was a living being who felt pain, starvation, thirst, separation and profound abuses at the hands of humans.
December 5, 2001 |
Welcome to my midlife crisis, brought to you by my wife and three kids, a cat, a dog, and assorted slimy creatures that pass for pets. Welcome to my crisis, brought to you by a crazy world where nothing ever seems fair. George and John are gone. Who's next? That's right, George and John are gone--half the Beatles--but the entire Rolling Stones are alive and well, which makes you wonder just how random and fickle life can be and that maybe a midlife crisis isn't so unjustified. What sane person wouldn't have a midlife crisis in times like these?
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March 23, 2003 |
Elliott Jaques, a psychoanalyst and management consultant whose studies led to controversial ideas about work and theories about midlife crisis, died March 8 in Gloucester, Mass. He was 86. The cause was an infection that damaged his heart, said his wife, Kathryn Cason.
February 17, 1999 |
Far from being a time of failing health, personal turmoil and the "midlife crisis," middle age for many is the most fulfilling time of life, according to a new study. "People in the middle decades generally have a greater sense of physical, emotional and mental well-being than was previously believed," said Orville Gilbert Brim, who directed the research project for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
December 3, 1998 |
What do men do when they hit midlife crisis? In John Bishop's "The Trip Back Down," revived by the Company of Angels, they settle into mediocrity by using alcohol as an anesthetic. If this sounds grimly depressing, it is, but director Lee Magnuson manages to grind out some laughs despite the angry tone of the over-long script.
September 30, 2010 |
Estonian writer-director Veiko Õunpuu's dazzling, surreal "The Temptation of St. Tony" concerns a modern-day St. Anthony (Taavi Eelmaa) who, in the wake of the death of his father, is plunged into a midlife crisis. A midlevel factory manager, Tony starts to question the value of virtue and longs to find meaning in his day-to-day reality. Tony, who lives in a stark glass-walled house with his unfaithful wife (Tiina Tauraite) and small daughter, attends loud, drunken parties; he seems lost in a crass, pleasure-seeking existence.