In a 1956 cover story marking the centenary of Sigmund Freud's birth, Time celebrated the Viennese physician as the father of American psychiatry. While the magazine acknowledged that fewer than 10% of the nation's 9,000 psychiatrists were "hard-core analysts," it estimated that at least 70% of those trained since the early 1930s were steeped in Freud.Read more
Judith Claire Mitchell's "A Reunion of Ghosts" is a darkly comic, multigenerational meditation on a family curse. Lady, Vee and Delph Alter are middle-aged sisters, roommates and descendants of the German Jewish chemist (a fictionalized Fritz Haber) who discovered mechanisms to create synthetic fertilizer, weaponized chlorine gas and Zyklon.Read more
With his new book "Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act," Barry Yourgrau — he of many hats, including fiction writer, spoken-word artist, DJ and actor — has found a humorous way to look at the relatively new psychological condition known as hoarding disorder.Read more
In Mexican writer Guadalupe Nettel's autobiographical novel "The Body Where I Was Born," a woman recalls her unconventional childhood through a series of stories about her life told to a silent listener, Dr. Sazlsvski.
Born with a birthmark on her cornea, the narrator has to wear a patch over her eye as a girl and doesn't see well.Read more
In her debut novel, Jennine Capó Crucet writes of Lizet Ramirez, a first-generation Cuban American from Hialeah, Fla., struggling to survive her freshman year at a prestigious private university. College is a rare ticket out of Lizet's rough neighborhood, but rising to meet its challenges forces her to abandon parts of a bold personality she honed at home.Read more
It wouldn't be the first time Lawrence Ferlinghetti would kick up a hive. On this occasion in 1982 it would be as part of a panel at the Naropa Institute where he served the role of august first-hand witness. The topic: Beat Generation and Censorship.
What did it mean to really "threaten the Establishment" ... the status quo?Read more