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(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / October 19, 2013) Also By Reed Johnson December 8, 2013, 9:00 a.m. As Gabriel Tenorio sat outside Self Help Graphics & Art one recent morning, painting fanciful faces on hollowed-out squashes and melons, his thoughts turned to death and rebirth. Tenorio was among dozens of volunteers gathered to make Day of the Dead altars for Self Help’s popular neighborhood festival honoring ancestral spirits. Between their labors, volunteers sipped coffee and scarfed down hunks of fresh pan dulce. A recording by the genre-mashing L.A.
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(You have to love a book that describes Tony Robbins as someone who leaves behind the Enlightenment notion of the reasonable creature and moves in the direction of a Nietzschean model of giving style to ones life.) Instead of Salernos born-yesterday notion of self-help as the folly of a post-60s generation of navel gazers and complainers, McGee recognizes that most of these ideas have been with us for a long time. Still, the particular conditions of late capitalism have added a new twist to the fantasy of self-creation. The current permutations of self-help reflect what McGee sees as a crisis brought on by the movement of women and minorities into the workplace. She points out that the self-made man (an idea traceable all the way back to ancient Greece) was never really that; the unpaid labor of a mother and usually a wife helped make him, and he often benefited as well from the underpaid labor of servants and others prevented by skin color or class from enjoying the same opportunities. Now that all those previous unpaid and underpaid workers are demanding their own shot at the brass ring, its become painfully apparent how impossible it is for individuals to really make it all by themselves. At bare minimum, someone still has to teach us to walk and talk. No wonder, then, that child rearing and the roles of mothers stand at the center of so much controversy. What Salerno dislikes about the self-help industry is that it makes some people feel entitled to more than they can get and it permits others to shirk personal responsibility. What McGee sees as the problem with self-help is that it deceives us into thinking that we can function in complete independence, that every problem in our lives can be addressed as a purely individual challenge.
LEX 18 Investigates: Legal Self-Help Owner Has History Of Practicing Law Without License
In 2005, she was fined $1,500 by the Kentucky Supreme Court, which ruled she had violated the 1997 order. The Supreme Court fined her again in 2010 for advertising in the Yellow Pages in the attorneys section. Brooks declined to speak with LEX 18 Investigative Reporter Richard Essex when he stopped by her Lexington office last week. And, again, declined to speak following a court hearing Friday, covering her face with papers and heading straight for the elevator. “Oh, we are not doing no news story,” she said at her office last week.