The Dork Forest

Dork on Dork Dialog with Jackie Kashian. I am interested in whatever dorky thing you want to talk about. Guests speak to their love of books, TV, Movies, Comic books, websites, food, wrestling, cars, action figures and bees. There is room for all in The Dork Forest. This is a safe space. Credits: Music composed and performed by Mike Ruekberg (Sarah Cohen on intro) Audio fixes by Patrick Brady Website design by Vilmos
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Dec 4, 2012

Gina Yashere is a British comic and loves the tension and drama of television and movies. She also likes ghosts and movies about ghosts and books about ghosts and, I actually say, “safe space.”

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NOTES:
Jay Leno Psychic
Stephen King
Joe Hill

Karen Rontowski
The Entity came out in 1982
The Omen 1972
To Read: Good Omens
Nightmare on Elm Street – Johnny Depp
Barbara Bosson
Katt Williams
TDF EP 3 – Kathleen Madigan
I can find no public record of The Lobotomizer
Psychiatry an Industry of Death
Firefly
Sons of Anarchy

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Music is by Mike Ruekberg
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3 Comments
  • over two years ago
    JackieKashian
    comments took long enough to post!! sorry about that. ice pick. thanks you guys!!
  • over two years ago
    Becca
    I've attached a link to Walter Jackson Freeman II, who it looks like used an icepick instead of a screwdriver, but he did have a "lobotomobile"!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Freeman_%28surgeon%29

    http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2011/09/walter-freeman-ii-lobotomy-probing-answers/

    And for further reading/watching "pleasure": http://www.el-hai.com/the-lobotomist/

    Enjoy! **shudder**
  • over two years ago
    Todd Mason
    The documentary Yashere was referring to is probably THE LOBOTOMIST, which was presented on PBS as an episode of THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/lobotomist/

    currently online here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgwByKdeQpM

    From the transcript at the PBS/AM EXP webpage:
    (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/transcript/lobotomist-transcript/)
    […]Andrew Scull, Professor of Sociology: Freeman would peel back each eyelid, insert his ice pick and with a hammer tap through the brain, wiggle it about, sever the frontal lobes, withdraw it. And when the patient came to, he or she would be given dark glasses to hide the black eyes they'd been given.
    Angelene Forester, daughter of patient: I felt like he had given me a tremendous gift to give my mother back to me. He gave you hope. Everything will be better and it was.
    Narrator: Twenty-two years earlier, in 1924, neurologist Walter Freeman arrived at St. Elizabeths in Washington D.C., one of the nation's largest hospitals for the mentally ill. At 28, Freeman was the youngest laboratory director in St. Elizabeths' history. But he confronted an institution in crisis. Like many other state hospitals, St. Elizabeths had seen years of decline. It had become a dumping ground for patients suffering from agitated depression, dementia and psychosis. […]

    Urgh. No shouting...just a few shudders. But kind of you to name-check.

    The Church of Scientology likes to present itself as a drug-free alternative to psychiatry as it's usually practiced...and, sadly, too often the way psychiatry is practiced makes it easy to criticize, whether one is considering the over-prescription of drugs or the questions about electroconvulsive therapy (and the willingness to engage in lobotomy for entirely too many years). Of course, Scientology is no stranger to controversy and criticism, either.

    Yashere's accounts of elevator engineering and mechanics were engaging...I suspect that while comedians often come from any number of other occupations, that her experience in this is pretty close to unique.

    Novelist, scripter and film director/producer Frank de Felitta, probably best known of his novel HEAR ME NOW, MY SWEET AUDREY ROSE and the film AUDREY ROSE, and also wrote the novel and script for THE ENTITY...he notes, still sounding a bit of a skeptical note, that he did base THE ENTITY on a believer's accounts of haunting and trespass:
    http://frankdefelitta.wordpress.com/page/2/ and specifically http://horrornews.net/51142/interview-frank-defelitta-dark-night-of-the-scarecrow-the-entity/

    You might recall that not only Stephen King and son "Joe Hill" are writing various things, but SK's wife/JH's mother Tabitha King and other son Owen King are published writers as well...I think Owen more actively these days than Tabitha. Sibling rivalry, even (particularly?) in the shadow of one's parent's success, can be intense, I suspect.

    Glad, in the bonus bit, that Andy didn't suggest the ghost would actually be Doris Day, who I gather is reclusive but still with us, in her 90s...que sera, sera...

    And if there is anywhere actual ghosts might congregate, I'll buy it might well be the subways of the world...they have such a Plutonian air about them...but as someone who has seen at least one film usher no one else in my party managed to see, I suspect that Edwardian-dressed folks might well be not quite supernatural...