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  1. Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber
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  2. Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber

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David Gelernter
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For one of his last targets, the Unabomber selected David Gelernter, a computer science instructor at Yale. Wouldn't you know, Gelernter writes, that this anti-technology terrorist picked one of the few computer science people who doesn't even like computers?
But Gelernter dismisses the Unabomber as a worthless fool undeserving of serious attention, except to put him to death for his murders. Instead, Drawing Life uses the attack on the author as a starting point for a critique of our nation's culture of "victimology," of undue tolerance, of liberals, and of intellectuals.

Full of sharp opinions, Drawing Life is bound to anger many who would prefer simply to sympathize with Gelernter for his injuries. The book is full of digressions, returning to Gelernter's personal situation from time to time as though only to renew his energy for another attack on the intelligentsia. But the writing is superior, and the arguments are cogent. If it does nothing else,... Read more
This is an outstanding example of inspiration without the saccharine that afflicts most inspiring books today. Professor Gelernter survived the nearly fatal attack by the unabomber through gallantry, the ability to find something to be grateful for even in the midst of tragedy, and the support of his family, his friends, and his faith. He has shed nearly all of his bitterness, and his story is a text for recovery from tragedy. It is more than that, though. It is also in the tradition of authors like George Steiner, seeking to diagnose the ills of a society in which, using Gelernter's own words, the twentieth century has become itself a crime scene. Gelernter writes sparsely and bluntly about the transformation which has taken place in America since the 1960's. Traditions and restraints have been broken, and putting things back together will take a long time and a lot of perseverence. We have spent our grandparents' moral capital and have surrendered traditional values to the... Read more
As a psychiarist I am most interested in how injured souls assign meaning to personal tragedy. Gelernter, in this highly personal book, is able to metabolize his injury and set out on a crusade to heal a culture which "understands the validity" of the unibomber. His own healing is through healing others. This is the right stuff. In Freud's day being "outspoken" was a virtue. Gelernter is outspoken, provocative and an iconoclast- given the icon is celebrating tolerance. I was thoughtfully provoked and recommend Drawing Life to all who are concerned about our cultural life.
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