What Happens When You Stare at the Sun?

“The injunction not to look directly into the sun isn’t just medical — it’s always political.”

Author: Sam Kriss
Source: The Outline
Published: Mar 20, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,849 words)

Book of Lamentations: A ‘Review’ of DSM-5

A book review that imagines the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a dystopian novel:

The author (or authors) writes under the ungainly nom de plume of The American Psychiatric Association—although a list of enjoyably silly pseudonyms is provided inside (including Maritza Rubio-Stipec, Dan Blazer, and the superbly alliterative Susan Swedo). The thing itself is on the cumbersome side. Over two inches thick and with a thousand pages, it’s unlikely to find its way to many beaches. Not that this should deter anyone; within is a brilliantly realized satire, at turns luridly absurd, chillingly perceptive, and profoundly disturbing.

Author: Sam Kriss
Source: The New Inquiry
Published: Oct 27, 2013
Length: 10 minutes (2,647 words)