Word of the Day: Sciamachy

sciamachy \ sahy-AM-uh-kee \, noun:

  1. an act or instance of fighting a shadow or an imaginary enemy.

No, our man walks out of choice, and walks because only on foot can he engage in the sciamachy  essential to his trade: fencing with the shadows of hat brims, gun muzzles and arms flung across brickwork by the beams of Kliegs. – Will Self, Walking to Hollywood: Memories of Before the Fall , 2010

It further tends to leave the self in disarray, without an orientation. And it risks remaining wastefully engaged in psychological sciamachy  – a struggle with shadows or imaginary enemies. – Eric Sigg, The American T.S. Eliot: A Study of the Early Writings , 1989

Sciamachy  is derived from the Greek skiamakhia , which translates literally to “fighting in the shade,” giving name to the practice in ancient Greece of instructors teaching in shaded public places, such as porches and groves.
Characters with BPD

Here’s a list of characters I could find with canon (or at the very least very very widely accepted) BPD. Feel free to add more!

Disclaimer: I have not seen all these films. Some of these films may be disturbing, harmful representations or problematic in other ways- please make sure to look into the movies before watching them.

The Dolce Vita Kid

he crawls out of the night
the Dolce Vita Kid
thick black shades
hiding ennui eyes
clinging, lizard like
to the klieg lit streets
slick with plasticine Hollywood rain
white knuckling the crumbling facade
of his candy-glass image
entitled to the world
he wants you to taste
the tang of his despair

dressed to kill
the Dolce Vita Kid
while dying of boredom
sunning himself
in the neon glow of your envy
he knows just what he wants
and how much of your salacious shame
he needs to spill
before he gets it
rejected of his brethren
he’s conquered common cause
with your secrets and your lies

empathy, encased in iron
the Dolce Vita Kid
wandering through the party
martini held aloft
he’s often stirred
but never shaken
glad handing and backstabbing
in one sleek, fluid motion
and if you listen very carefully
you can hear the faint cries for help
from the person
he, at one time, thought he’d be

© David Rutter 2014

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Kristen Wiig makes a meatloaf cake with only five carbohydrants in a new clip from Shira Piven’s comedy Welcome to Me: watch it here.

What happens when a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery? In the case of Alice Klieg, she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships to neutering pets.