NOVEMBER 1999 | Volume 284 No. 5|
Fame: The Power and Cost
of a Fantasy|
The daughter of Erik Erikson, herself a therapist, has struggled for years "to
understand the emotional intensity that is associated with fame." We imagine,
she writes, that our heroes have transcended the adversities of the human
condition. We want to believe that they have arrived at a secure place of
self-approval. "But the truth is," she concludes in a deeply personal essay,
"that the security of the self is never stable."
by Sue Erikson Bloland
The Wrong Man
Since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, in 1976, more than eighty
death-row inmates have been freed, their convictions overturned by evidence of
innocence. We have no way of knowing if any innocent people have been put to
death. We do know this: the likelihood of mistakes is growing.
by Alan Berlow