Guest blog by Dr. Alma Bond on


“Writing about icons is like living many lives. We are here for so short a time, and really know only a sliver of reality. My little fragment of existence gets a bit claustrophobic at times. Writing about people I admire and would like to be greatly expands my life. My book, Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch, for example, is the closest I can ever get to being a famous movie star, which was an ambition of mine when I was a child. Similarly, when I wrote Jackie O: On the Couch, I got a good idea of what it would be like to be the icon of the country and married to a gorgeous, witty, brilliant philandering president, which was my fantasy when I was a young woman. Incidentally, it was also the fantasy of every female patient (and even a few males) in my practice.”

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