FACE IT: Dare We Put Suicide and Selfish in Same Sentence?

August 14, 2014 10:30 PM

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I wrote an extensive piece about suicide last year in which I asked whether it had lost its shock value. I pointed to the rash of public ones at the time, and the too-easy dramatic solution it has become in so many artistic endeavors.

The latter has not abated: Last night I watched an episode of The Knick and during the very first scene, after a surgeon loses a patient, he walks solemnly to his office. I thought, 'oh no, not again.' Sure enough, he grabbed a gun out of the drawer and put a bullet in his head. I also watched an ep...

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