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Sontag waged a long battle against cancer, having recovered once only to eventually succumb to another bout years later. Her emotional energy and defiance required constant attention from friends and her son.
Freud was neurotic in his attitude towards death: he smoked despite the deleterious effect on his health. He continued to write, and was highly possessive of his daughter Anna, his primary caretaker.Updike had a conflicted relationship with his children and first wife: his second wife served as a gatekeeper during his illness. He was both repentant and celebratory about his former adulterous life, and sought religion as a solace for balming his inner conflicts towards death.
Thomas continued heavy drinking, excessive spending, promiscuity, and unhealthy habits to the end of his days. He basked in his excess, dismissive of its ill effects. Thomas, like Sontag, was a magnet to others who were drawn to his prodigal lifestyle.
Sendak had a fear of death from an early age, illustrating his children's books with tales of danger and dyeing. His book's illustration confronts his fear of dying, and was an expressive outlet for his childhood fear of the unknown. He had a group of long-time friends- caretakers who attended to his needs in his last days.
A wonderful conclusive afterword includes an interview with the late author, James Salter. The book examines the lives of these authors without being overtly judgmental. There is a sense of articulate empathy, guiding the reader into the author's struggles as they confront their finality. The author has written several books, including The Morning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism; Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages; In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays; and a novel, Still She Haunts Me. She is the director of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University.
The post-war economics department after World War ll was classically liberal, and advocated government intervention, regulation, services for the economically disadvantaged, and higher taxation. The University was not yet identified as a "school of economics." Eventually, Milton Friedman, an economic empiricist, transitioned to a philosopy of less taxation, less government regulation, and the sanctioning of societal inequities which helped to fuel and propel the 80's capitalist, Laissez Faire economy. After President Reagan, President George W. Bush was the chief adherent to this economic philosophy.
This fascinating book takes us through the early development of the economics department at the University to its current incarnation. A number of important economists taught and/or studied at the University. Even though they may not be well-known outside the field, their influence, culminating in the work of Dr. Milton Friedman, has strongly impacted today's global market. Both the concept of liberal economics as well as the evolution of the science of economics itself are elaborately clarified througout the book. The reader will make his/her personal judgement about the economic philosophy propagated by Dr. Friedman and the later Chicago School. A wrong turn in the history of the United States? An inevitable transition? Lanny Ebenstein is a lecturer at the UCSB He has written 10 books of economic thought, including the first biographies of economists Frederich Hayek and Milton Friedman.
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