It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Dies: Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams, and the Spectacle of Mental Illness

Originally posted on Let's Queer Things Up!:

Internet, we need to have a talk.

I’ve had a number of readers ask why I’ve neglected to write about Amanda Bynes this last year. It’s simple, really. I don’t believe that celebrities are “fair game,” and that, when they have very human and very difficult struggles, I should capitalize on those things by writing an article, however well-intentioned. I believe they are deserving of privacy and respect, by virtue of their being people.

However, I’m making an exception here, because in the midst of the negative and callous press that Bynes has received, I think it’s time we had a chat about it from a different perspective. And then, after we’re done, I think it’s time we stop speculating about it altogether. Deal?

First and foremost, there is no way for us to know what, if anything, Bynes has been diagnosed with. The family has denied schizophrenia and bipolar…

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The Empty Room

I finished reading The Empty Room by Lauren Davis last evening. It was a touching story about a women’s struggle with alcoholism. It was well written and real. I felt like I had a look into her brain. It’s a difficult subject to write about. It’s often a joke to some or not taken seriously, like it is a self-control issue. An interesting read.


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Doing a lot of driving these days to visit family. We are having a beautiful Fall. I can knit in the car if I’m careful and if my husband drives of course. The Wentworth Valley is stunning this time of year.




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Red sky at night…

Our sky is beautiful tonight. Riding into the sunset.


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Finished Nora Cowl



Tuesday morning knit group and my new olive green project, Belgique infinity scarf by Phydeaux designs. It’s a commissioned project, the twisted stitch is simple but effective.

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Wednesday at The Wool and Tart

Cozy with mint tea and buckets of yarn.


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