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A Postscript and Postmortem on the Suicide of Aaron Bushnell

A Postscript and Postmortem on the Suicide of Aaron Bushnell

[ad_1] Hyppolyte de Saint-Rambert / Wikipedia In my last blog post, I wrote about the practice of self-immolation from a historical and psychological perspective in an effort to help us understand the recent death of US airman Aaron Bushnell, who set himself on fire on February 25, 2024 to protest the Israel-Gaza War. My general conclusion about self-immolation—if not about Bushnell, given lack of information about him and the obvious fact that I have not examined him as a psychiatrist—is that it is often an act of both protest and suicide, with the latter requiring a closer look at why someone would be willing to end their life for a cause. Other opinions since his death have been predictably split in a more black-and-white fashion between those calling him a hero for his powerful statement of protest against genocide in Gaza and those claiming that his suicide was evidence of mental illness. As it happens, I recently wrote about how a similar “blame” or “explain” framework is often used to opine about mass shooters and …

The self-immolation of Aaron Bushnell should serve as a wake up call for the military

The self-immolation of Aaron Bushnell should serve as a wake up call for the military

[ad_1] “This is what our ruling class has decided will be normal.” In the coming days, I hope that there will be much reportage and discussion about Aaron Bushnell’s life and his chosen death. I hope that his story will be recorded, if for no other reason than posterity. May his last words spur a change. In many such cases, however, the first draft of history is often, unfortunately, the only draft. We have seen this story before. Friends and family of the 25-year-old Air Force service member from Massachusetts will be interviewed, poking at their emotional wounds for the benefit of the press. The cause for which Bushnell gave his life, the liberation of Palestine, will be sketched out in the abstract, leaving it unclear as to how someone could feel so strongly about something that they would be willing to die for it in perhaps the most horrific way possible. Many commentators will say that his dramatic death by self-immolation on the front steps of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C.  was regrettable, that …

Candace Bushnell, 65, gets real about dating and her sex life

Candace Bushnell, 65, gets real about dating and her sex life

[ad_1] Sex and the City fans rejoice – Candace Bushnell, bestselling author and real-life Carrie Bradshaw whose newspaper column inspired the hit TV series is coming to the UK with her one-woman show, True Tales of Sex, Success and the City. The production is the “origin story” of the cult drama, detailing how she got there, “and what happened to me afterwards,” she says. “With a couple of naughty sex stories thrown in for good measure.” The tour takes her around the UK but the highlight will be one night at the London Palladium next week. “It’s quite an honour. It’s something I’d never would have imagined would happen in my life. Being a performer is pretty new to me.” Candace’s newspaper column inspired the TV show Sex and the City Breaking taboos No stranger to pushing boundaries, Candace is currently developing another idea which she hopes will also break taboos – a reality TV dating show which follows four female friends in their 50s as they navigate the immersive dating experience.  “Each episode asks …

Candace Bushnell: ‘I dated a 21-year-old and a 91-year-old in the same week’ | Television

Candace Bushnell: ‘I dated a 21-year-old and a 91-year-old in the same week’ | Television

[ad_1] I was a funny little girl with lots of little girlfriends. A friend of mine said I always had the best shoes. She had to wear orthopaedic shoes – she had weak ankles. I wore red patent-leather Mary Janes. My mother was very stylish. I suppose that sense of style was in me, too. I was a bit of a rebel, but I never got caught. I didn’t get up to anything really naughty – I just wanted people to have fun. I did once get up on stage at 17 and start singing with a band. I thought I was pretty good. Nobody else did. I ran away from college and arrived in New York at 19, and I felt a lot of pressure to make it. I got paid $50 for my first published piece and modelled in punk fashion shows for the free clothes. I used to say to people, “I’m a writer. Do you need a writer?” I was determined. Aged 20 I got paid $1,000 to write a children’s …

Candace Bushnell set to bring her one-woman show to West End for first time | West End

[ad_1] Candace Bushnell, the real-life Carrie Bradshaw, is bringing her one-woman show to the West End for the first time. The international bestselling author – whose newspaper column inspired the hit TV drama Sex and the City – will also tour the UK, sharing her philosophy through stories of fashion, literature and sex. After its New York premiere at the Daryl Roth theatre, Bushnell’s show, True Tales of Sex, Success and Sex and the City, will launch at the London Palladium in February 2024. Bushnell will then bring the show to other UK locations, including Southampton, Nottingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Oxford, Brighton, Leicester and Southend. Bushnell’s column in the New York Observer was the inspiration behind the Sex and the City TV series, which won multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards, and led to two successful feature films. Sex and the City finished in 2004, but was revived in 2021 with the sequel series, And Just Like That. Bushnell’s books and the TV series redefined modern relationships in the 90s …