Editor says, what if the postman did stop to make Karen Carpenter feel a little better? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Music thread.
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Editor says, Source article ~ the song "Now", recorded in April 1982, was the last song Karen Carpenter recorded. She recorded it after a two-week intermission in her therapy with psychotherapist Steven Levenkron in New York City for her anorexia. The sight of Karen upon her return to California in April shook Richard and his parents, since she had lost a considerable amount of weight since beginning her therapy with Levenkron. In September 1982, Karen's treatment -- which had never convinced her family as being an effective method -- took a sinister turn of events when Karen called her psychotherapist to tell him she felt dizzy and that her heart was beating irregularly. Karen was admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Levenkron remarked to her that she was no more than "77 pounds of dehydrated skeleton".
Karen was hooked up to an intravenous drip, which would be the cause of her much-debated 30 pound weight gain in eight weeks. Richard recalled visiting her in the hospital, saying "Karen, this is bullshit! Don't you understand?! You're going about this all the wrong way, this guy isn't getting anything accomplished, because you're in a hospital now!"
Karen returned to California in November 1982, determined to reinvigorate her career, finalize her divorce and begin a new album with Richard. She had gained 30 pounds at the end of the year-long stay in New York during 1981, and the sudden weight gain (much of which was the result of intravenous feeding) further strained her heart, which was already weak from years of crash dieting. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.