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Surgical Sex

From the November 2004 Print Edition

When the practice of sex-change surgery first emerged back in the early 1970s, I would often remind its advocating psychiatrists that with other patients, alcoholics in particular, they would quote the Serenity Prayer, “God, give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage . . . . Continue Reading »

The Making of a Killer

From the November 2003 Print Edition

Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist. by Alston Chase W.W. Norton. 432 pp. $26.95 Beginning in 1978 and continuing until he was apprehended in 1996, Theodore Kaczynski manufactured and mailed sixteen bombs to prominent Americans working in biological and computer . . . . Continue Reading »

The Sexual Century

From the November 2000 Print Edition

In The Sexual Century , Ethel Spector Person, a New York psychoanalyst associated with Columbia University, presents a collection of her essays on sexual development and pathology written over the last twenty“five years. Here one finds Dr. Person’s reflections on such topics as . . . . Continue Reading »

Not So Gay Blades

From the February 2000 Print Edition

The Age of the Bachelor: Creating an American Subcultureby howard p. chudacoffprinceton university press, 341 pages, $29.95 Howard Chudacoff, a professor of history at Brown University, has written what amounts to a propagandist tract in the form of a purported sociological history of the . . . . Continue Reading »