New Book Delivers Unpublished Letters to Editors

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Alex Caemmerer collects dozens of his letters to the editors of major media publications

Every day, news media pumps out articles and comments on a seemingly endless amount of subjects. Always watchful of the turns of society as reported by the news, Alex Caemmerer Jr. took up an active role as a participant in culture rather than an empty vessel filled by the media, writing letter upon letter on whatever topic caught his attention. To bring to light his comments and beliefs, he delivers the letters which never made it to print in his new book “Letters to the Editor that Were Never Published: (And Some Other Stuff)” (published by Trafford Publishing).

Over the last 10 years, Caemmerer has written over 100 letters to the editors of the New York Times, the Record (of Bergen County, New Jersey) and Psychiatric News. His new book collects all his letters commenting on psychiatry, psychoanalysis, religion, priests and bishops, depression, violence, homosexuality and other news topics.

Some of his letters were published, but Caemmerer’s letters don’t pull any punches. Those that weren’t published are, by his own admission, potentially divisive. “My guess,” he says, “is that this book will be quite controversial, explode some widely held myths, and attack some strongly held beliefs and popular figures.”

Most of his letters are in response to what he sees as society’s defects, and offer his creative remedies. He postulates on what might happen if everyone always acted as if God was watching and judging their behavior – letting their good deeds and bad deeds tip the scales one way or the other to determine their afterlife. Caemmerer says, “A Christmas atmosphere would obtain year-round. Adults would behave more like children in school under discipline. Things would really be different!”

About the Author
Alex Caemmerer Jr. graduated from Princeton University and the Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has worked as a psychiatrist, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, and as director of the psychiatric clinic at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. He and his wife live in Englewood, N.J., and have three sons and three granddaughters.

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