Adam Blatner

Words and Images from the Mind of Adam Blatner

June, 2009

21st Century Neuroses

On this Fathers’ Day I am proud of my son and son-in-law, and their wives, as parents. I find that they don’t impose a broad range of foolish expectations and injunctions that were common two generations earlier (the mid 20th century). I am hopeful that perhaps even a majority of kids will not be afflicted […]

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Why My Mother Threw Out My Comic Books (Part 2 of 3: The Rise and Fall of EC Comics in the 1950s)

Posted 06/18/2009 (This is based on a talk given on 6/12/09 to the summer session of the Senior University Georgetown.) In Part 1, the history of comics from 1890s through around 1949 is summarized briefly. This webpage presents Part 2, describing the national pressure to reform the excesses of comic books and the adventures especially of the […]

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Why My Mother Threw Out My Comic Books (Part 3 of 3 Webages: The Comics after 1955)

Posted 3/5/2010 (This is based on a talk given 6/12/09  to the summer session of the Senior University Georgetown.) In Part 1, the history of comics from 1890s through around 1949 is summarized briefly. In Part 2, the national pressure to reform the excesses of comic books and the adventures especially of the EC comics line in all […]

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Ambiguities in Psychiatric Diagnosis

In the May 26, 2009 issue (page A-13) of the Los Angeles Times, there’s an article about new trends in psychiatric diagnosis by Shari Roan, reporting from the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Regarding the creation of a diagnostic manual, there have been four editions, and further minor revisions: The profession of […]

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