Ask Jennifer Michael Hecht Anything: The Impulsivity Of Suicide

And because it’s very contingent on convenience, suicide can be easily prevented in many circumstances: A reader writes: Regarding this video from Jennifer Michael Hecht, it’s the most useful encouragement I’ve heard to keep your life. I have mild depression, and I think about dying or going away fairly constantly. I haven’t attempted suicide, but the idea of not wanting … Continue reading Ask Jennifer Michael Hecht Anything: The Impulsivity Of Suicide

Ask Jennifer Michael Hecht Anything: Do We Have A Right To Die?

The author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It addresses the question: A reader responds to our first video from JMH: Thanks for your brief video of Hecht talking about suicide contagion. Many years ago I went through a period of serious depression and came quite close to killing myself. With the help … Continue reading Ask Jennifer Michael Hecht Anything: Do We Have A Right To Die?

Ask Jennifer Michael Hecht Anything

[Updated with reader-submitted questions that you can vote on below] From her bio: Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, philosopher, historian and commentator. She is the author of the bestseller Doubt: A History, a history of religious and philosophical doubt all over the world, throughout history. Her new book is Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies … Continue reading Ask Jennifer Michael Hecht Anything

Ask Jennifer Michael Hecht Anything

From her bio: Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, philosopher, historian and commentator. She is the author of the bestseller Doubt: A History, a history of religious and philosophical doubt all over the world, throughout history. Her new book is Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, out from Yale University Press. Her The Happiness Myth brings a … Continue reading Ask Jennifer Michael Hecht Anything

The Offense Industry On The Offense

In a really terrific post during my vacation, Freddie DeBoer nailed something to the cross: It seems to me now that the public face of social liberalism has ceased to seem positive, joyful, human, and freeing. I now mostly associate that public face with danger, with an endless list of things that you can’t do … Continue reading The Offense Industry On The Offense

Suicide Breeds Suicide

by Dish Staff Earlier this year, Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, spelled out how killing yourself makes it more likely that others will take their own lives: In the wake of Robin Williams’ death, Steven Stack reviews research on suicide contagion: [T]here have been more than 100 … Continue reading Suicide Breeds Suicide

Robin Williams, RIP, Ctd

by Dish Staff Some immediate reaction from Twitter, including many clips of Williams’ greatest moments, here. Several more clips after the jump. A reader writes a moving eulogy: I’m sure that I’m just one of many Dishheads writing in about the horribly sad death of Robin Williams. I’m a child of the ’90s, and he was a constant fixture of … Continue reading Robin Williams, RIP, Ctd

Why Atheists Need To Come Out, Ctd

A reader shares the above image via GSpellchecker, adding, “I think this just about sums it up.” Another reader would agree: The problem is that atheism by its nature is silent. You tend not to talk about something you don’t believe in unless it specifically comes up as a topic. If you’re in a group of friends … Continue reading Why Atheists Need To Come Out, Ctd

The Best Of The Dish Today

UMass G Derrick Gordon announces that he is gay, becoming 1st openly gay athlete in Division I men’s basketball. » http://t.co/O1Y7cjCFez — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 9, 2014 After all the rancor of the last few days, it’s great to focus on something positive in the gay world. That interview above is, to me at least, … Continue reading The Best Of The Dish Today