Archive | March, 2012

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It’s a Mad, Mad World

If you haven’t watched Sunday’s premiere, well, go do it already…and then come back and read: Rob Sheffield’s pitch-perfect commentary in Rolling Stone, sampled here: Many fans were horrified to see Don act like a starry-eyed sucker [last season], instead of the cool customer we need him to be. It turns out this guy believes […]

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More Freud

Can’t get enough of Dr. Freud’s online incarnation? Browse on: Doctoral student Benjamin Y. Fong, in a contribution this month to the NYT’s Opinionator blog, makes a case for the enduring relevance of “radical talking”: What Freud proposed, and what remains revolutionary in his thought today, is that human beings have the capacity for real […]

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Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar…

Did he really say it? Probably not. But it sure does come in handy! Slide Sources: Slide 1: HBO show In Treatment, season two, episode 11, Mia Slide 2: The New York Times, “Let’s See What’s Inside That Pretty Head,” November 23, 2011 Slide 3: More Intelligent Life, “The Designer Who Makes Buildings,” profile of […]

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In Treatment

No matter the titillation factor, Sigmund Freud’s Dora demands a lot from readers. The HBO television show In Treatment may just be the perfect companion, a full-fleshed prompt to read between the lines of the much earlier work. Psychotherapist Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne), the show’s protagonist and reigning shrink, is certainly better looking than “Sigi” […]

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1905: Russian Revolution

…there will be no revolution in Russia.                                                             -Anton Chekhov in conversation with novelist Ivan Bunin, as quoted                                                              in V.S. Pritchett’s Chekhov: A Spirit Set Free The year that witnessed Russia’s unexpected defeat in the Russo-Japanese War and transformed Russia from an autocracy to a limited constitutional monarchy, under Tsar Nicholas II, opened with a […]

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1970: Id, Ego, & Superego

The above video presents just one take on the subject. Here’s another excerpted from a 2010 illustrated edition of The Interpretation of Dreams: To Freud, the id, one’s amoral primal instincts, governs a desire for pleasure, for instant gratification, and the fear of pain; the ego, on the other hand, rational will, accepts that enduring […]

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Freud in Context

In David Cronenberg’s 2011 film about the brief, intense, profoundly important friendship between Sigmund Freud and C.G. Jung, it is Jung who takes center stage. Twenty years younger than Freud, Jung had a far sexier role to play in this particular story – he was, in turn, psychiatrist, supervisor, lover and colleague to Sabina Spielrein, […]

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The Passionate Freudian to His Love

From Dorothy Parker’s poem, originally published in Life magazine on 28 April 1921: Only name the day, and we’ll fly away In the face of old traditions, To a sheltered spot, by the world forgot, Where we’ll park our inhibitions. Come and gaze in eyes where the lovelight lies As it psychoanalyzes, And when once […]

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