Definition of Recidivism-a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior; especially relapse into criminal behavior. Is there a fine line between addiction and recidivism? Let’s consider how popular prison romances are and seem in no danger of dying out. One theory is that prisoners create a literal wall against closeness. Conjugal visits preclude hanging out Sunday morning with Russ and Daughters and The New York Times. They certainly eliminate variegated activities i.e. strolling through The Whitney and eating french toast at Bubby’s in TriBeCa. Delving into a veritable pantheon of theories that depict the profile of personalities enraptured by the incarcerated is a thesis unto itself. Far from the cover for every pot concept. We recently viewed for the second time Jacob Ephron’s documentary on his mom Nora Ephron. Oh, Nora you hated your neck but we loved you. We so related when Harry met Sally and they were “Sleepless in Seattle.” We followed as Julie and Julia “Got Mail.” When your character Rachel Samstat, a successful cookery writer found out her husband Mark was having an affair -we too got “Heartburn.” Your self deprecatory humor was comforting and relatable. And I quote “when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” The converse rings ever so true. When you understand that burnt pot roast doesn’t necessarily taste good, negating that we grew up eating it, you throw it out and start again. Sensibility does not kick in by chance. Don’t wait for the next ship to come in to carpe diem.” Seizing opportunities and disregarding discouragements our modus operandi.
I know cliche counters, it is one of those self help days. Nora Ephron we were “Bewitched” by you. Make it a cool Sunday.