"Pendergrast is an affable guide on a wondrously labyrinthine tour. He explains complex phenomena with remarkable clarity, in a relaxed tone, and with a sense of humor."
"Mark Pendergrast, the ultimate free-lance journalist with an eclectic mind, writes about deceptively narrow topics that in fact have figured in world history for millennia."
Atlanta is on the verge of tremendous rebirth — or inexorable decline. A kind of Petri dish for cities struggling to reinvent themselves, Atlanta has the highest income inequality in the country, gridlocked highways, suburban sprawl, and a history of racial injustice. Yet it is also an energetic, brash young city that prides itself on pragmatic solutions and its ability to rise Phoenix-like yet again.
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Everyone knows the story of Jerry Sandusky, the serial pedophile, the Monster. But what if that story is wrong? What if the former Penn State football coach and founder of the Second Mile is an innocent man convicted in the midst of a moral panic fed by the sensationalistic media, police trawling, and memory-warping psychotherapy? Mark Pendergrast’s The Most Hated Man in America reads like a true crime psychological thriller and is required reading for everyone from criminologists to sports fans.
The repressed-memory craze that tore apart millions of families in the 1980s and ̛90s has been repudiated by the consensus of scientists who study human memory. However, Mark Pendergrast, who helped to expose this scourge more than twenty years ago in his book Victims of Memory, now revisits the subject, and finds that it is coming back, perhaps as virulent as ever, turning loving family relationships into nightmarish battlegrounds.
This book offers a comprehensive overview of the concept of repressed memories. It provides a history and context that documents key events that have had an effect on the way that modern psychology and psychotherapy have developed. Chapters provide an overview of how human memory functions and works and examine facets of the misguided theories behind repressed memory. The book also examines the science of the brain, the reconstructive nature of human memory, and studies of suggestibility.
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Shift, poems by Marylen Grigas
The Aftermath by Henry Lilienheim
Neighborhood Naturalist by Nan Pendergrast
Mark began singing Broadway tunes as a kid along with his parents during road trips and harmonized with his older brother to Kingston Trio songs. Now he is in a great Vermont choral group called Social Band and has begun to put poetry to music for Social Band concerts. Here are links.
As part of Social Band, Mark got to sing in a quartet, beginning with a solo here:
Mark also enjoys harmonizing in folk duos. Here are a few samples:
"Night Rider's Lament" with Lily Jacobson
"Streamwalk" with Sophia Donforth
"Flying" with Sophia Donforth
"Your Daughters and Your Sons" with Sophia Donforth
"Don't Need This Body" with Michael Wilson
"Let Them In, Peter" with Kevin Dann
"Last Kiss" with Steve LeClair
"Kumbaya" with Wicha Promyong (1950-2014), a tribute to a compassionate visionary who helped the village of Doi Chang succeed with coffee.
"Donald Trump Satirical Song," which Mark wrote several months before the election of Mr. Trump
Mark Pendergrast has donated $100 to www.kiva.org, which is a wonderful way to keep four $25 micro-credit loans circulating at any given time to entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Togo, Uganda, Philippines, Cambodia, Pakistan, Peru, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua.... in developing countries around the world. Please consider loaning $25 or more. You can make such a difference from your home computer. Once the loan is repaid, you can take your money back or re-loan it.
Mark Pendergrast is a volunteer with the National Center for Reason and Justice, a non-profit organization that educates and advocates for child-protective laws and criminal justice practices based on science, fairness, and good sense, and that supports people who are falsely accused or convicted of crimes against children. If you want to help those whose lives are upended by such false allegations, contact the NCRJ. Mark also corresponds with prisoners in solitary confinement (a form of legalized torture) through Solitary Watch.
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