The Kite and the Line: Marriage and Mental Illness in The Haunting of Hill House

However you choose to interpret The Haunting of Hill House—supernatural, psychological, or somewhere in between—one thing is certain: there is something terribly wrong with Olivia Crain. Ghost stories aside, Olivia’s descent into madness and the ripple effect that has on her husband and children are the heart of the series. At 25YL we have previously …

‘The pattern is the pattern’: Sentiment as therapy in Maniac

Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill) has schizophrenia, and one effect of that is seeing a non-existent brother. This brother assures him that he’s meant for greatness, and that he’s “going to save the world," if only Owen could trust him. To be sure, Netflix’s Maniac portrays a simplistic, cartoonish version of a complicated disorder, but that’s …

The Transformative Power of Indifference

“I'd say you're confusing suicide with self-destruction. Almost none of us commit suicide and almost all of us self-destruct. In some way, in some part of our lives. We drink, or we smoke. We destabilize the good job. Or the happy marriage. These aren't decisions, they're...They're impulses.” - Annihilation (Directed and Screenplay by Alex Garland, …

Sitting With the Uncomfortable: David Lynch’s Art and OCD

The following is a deeply personal guest post by Sean W. Gallagher. You can -- and should! -- follow them on Twitter (@blackcoffee253). I was always intrigued by David Lynch’s work, but it wasn’t until I was recently diagnosed with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) that I understood why his art so enraptured me. On some level, …