Yes, You Can Catch Insanity

ILLUSTRATION BY HADLEY HOOPERJULY BY ANDREW CURRY A controversial disease revives the debate about the immune system and mental illness. One day in March 2010, Isak McCune started clearing his throat with a forceful, violent sound. The New Hampshire toddler was 3, with a Beatles mop of blonde hair and a cuddly, loving personality. His parents had no idea where the guttural tic came from. They figured it was springtime allergies. Soon after, Isak began to scream as if in pain and grunt at his parents and peers. When he wasn’t throwing hours-long tantrums, he stared vacantly into space. By … Continue reading Yes, You Can Catch Insanity

Sweet artifice

Hypnos c1893 by F Holland Day. Photo courtesy The Royal Photographic Society Collection/Getty Dandies in the age of decadence favoured synthetics over nature, nowhere more so than in perfumery’s fabulous counterfeits by Catherine Maxwell is professor of Victorian literature at Queen Mary University of London. Her monographs include The Female Sublime from Milton to Swinburne: Bearing Blindness (2001) and Second Sight: The Visionary Imagination in Late Victorian Literature (2008). Her latest book is Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture(2017). Edited by Marina Benjamin ‘Nature has good intentions … but … she cannot carry them out,’ proclaims Vivian, the spokesman in Oscar Wilde’s latterday Socratic dialogue ‘The … Continue reading Sweet artifice

WHO OWNS DISEASES?

by Jon Rappoport, Guest Waking Times —All right, look, here’s what we’ll do. We’ll take a few general symptoms like fatigue, fever, and swelling, and we’ll invent one new disease label that covers them. We’ll say this is a specific new disease and we’re looking for the cause. Of course, there is no single cause because this isn’t a single disease. It’s a vague generality. But since we control the disease label, the name, we can convince everyone that this is a specific and real disease. It’s a total con, but we can sell it— Over the years, my readers have seen … Continue reading WHO OWNS DISEASES?