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ARE WRITERS CRAZY TO SPEND THOUSANDS OF HOURS WRITING? By Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Can a writer get money, fame, prestige, and power if his work is successful? Sure, but how many Conroys, Salingers, or Twains will actually emerge from today’s millions of hungry scribes, and can those few produce characters like Tom Wingo, … Continue reading

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WHY DO WOMEN ACCEPT SHARIA LAW? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

To challenge centuries of religious teaching is very difficult. Since we have no substantiated alternative theory as to how life really began, all we have to go on is that there is a God and “he” started it all. Accepting … Continue reading

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PARANOID KILLERS AMONG US? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Back in the flush sixties, the federal government provided millions of dollars to support community mental health programs. The eerie, dark, cavernous hospitals for the insane were bulldozed or turned into condos, and the care of thousands of mentally ill … Continue reading

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WHY DO MEN REALLY GO TO STRIP BARS? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

I’m talking about the regulars, the guys who get hooked and blow hundreds and hundreds and maybe thousands of dollars. It might start off innocently enough. A group of guys go out for a night of bonding and laughs and … Continue reading

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FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT FANTASY? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

He was dressed in a black tux and she wore a strapless white gown. Hesitantly, he raised her veil and gazed into her dark brown eyes. She gazed back and sighed deeply. The minister said with a smile, “You may … Continue reading

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIAR AND A PERSON WHO LIES TO HIMSELF? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

A liar is a person who willfully deceives others. Lance Armstrong and Bernard Madoff lied to protect themselves, and in the process deeply hurt innocent people. A person who lies to himself is just a person, a regular human being … Continue reading

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HOW TO ENTER YOUR WRITER’S SOUL, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

What the heck is a writer’s soul? Just my way of trying to describe the creative place where ideas and passion are first conceived. Lately, I’ve been hooked on country music, the kind of stuff where lost love and dreams … Continue reading

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I LOVE THE LADY IN THE RED DRESS, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

A patient told me a haunting story. Forty years ago, a young man from New York had occasion to order a piece of machinery for his boss from a company in Virginia. The young woman he spoke to was engaging … Continue reading

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A STRIP BAR, A PSYCHIATRIST & PSYCHOSIS — HOW CAN YOU RESIST? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

In SKIN DANCE, a mystery, Art Smukler takes you inside the mind of Jake Robb, a forty-one year old Los Angeles psychiatrist, whose personal life is disintegrating as he struggles to accept the fact that his marriage is over. After … Continue reading

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A PSYCHIATRIST’S 1ST LESSON IN VIOLENCE, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

My training as a psychiatrist started when I was two. It was dark and I was standing in a crib screaming my lungs out. No one heard. No one came. No one gave a damn. Not being heard and not … Continue reading

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