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Tidbits - August 21, 2014

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Thinking about Robin Williams, American Humor and the Troubled Mind

SAG-AFTRA; Stewart Acuff; Geoffrey Jacques; Patrick Murfin
Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide earlier this week. He was an artist that brought joy to millions. He starred in 80 films and over two-dozen television series. Yet few knew of his psychological demons, or about a family legacy steeped in the history of U.S. racism. These could be seen as both troubling and as a spur to creativity. Here are four takes on his life, work, and the tensions that may have informed his creative persona.
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