New Books Network

Jessica Gross, “Hysteria” (Unnamed Press, 2020)
“But creative writers are valuable allies and their evidence is to be prized highly for they are apt to know a whole host of things between heaven and earth of which our philosophy has not yet let us dream.” Freud (1907) Jessica Gross is a valuable ally. An intuitive reader... Read More
Roger Kennedy, “The Power of Music: Psychoanalytic Explorations” (Phoenix House, 2020)
Today I discussed why music so powerful in eliciting emotions with Roger Kennedy, the author of The Power of Music: Psychoanalytic Explorations (Phoenix Publishing House, 2020) Now at The Child and Family Practice in London, Kennedy is a training analyst and past President of the British Psychoanalytical Society. This is... Read More
Marion Bower, “The Life and Work of Joan Riviere: Freud, Klein and Female Sexuality” (Routledge, 2018)
Joan Riviere (1883-1962) is best known for her role in promoting the ideas of others. She came to prominence in the world of psychoanalysis as Freud’s favorite translator and Melanie Klein’s earliest and most loyal supporter. In her new book The Life and Work of Joan Riviere: Freud, Klein and... Read More
Mark Borg, Jr., “Don’t Be a Dick: Change Yourself, Change Your World” (Central Recovery Press, 2019)
When we are hurt, we hurt others—yet when they hurt us back, we wonder why. This is one of the central phenomena addressed by Mark Borg, Jr. in his new book, Don’t Be a Dick: Change Yourself, Change Your World (Central Recovery Press). He applies his psychoanalytic perspective towards understanding the... Read More
Mark Winborn, “Jungian Analysis: Art and Technique” (Routledge, 2019)
Engaging with one’s patients is one of the most complicated aspects of being a psychoanalyst. Going well beyond simply processing information and spitting out a ready-made answer for them, it involves learning how to listen, slowly teasing out insights, speaking not only the right words but with the right tone,... Read More
Danielle Knafo, “The New Sexual Landscape and Contemporary Psychoanalysis” (Confer Books, 2020)
The sexual landscape has changed dramatically in the past few decades, with the meaning of gender and sexuality now being parsed within the realms of gender fluidity, nonheteronormative sexuality, BDSM, and polyamory. The sea change in sexual attitudes has also made room for the mainstreaming of internet pornography and the... Read More
M. Hennefeld and N. Sammond, “Abjection Incorporated: Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence” (Duke UP, 2020)
From the films of Larry Clark to the feminist comedy of Amy Schumer to the fall of Louis C. K., comedic, graphic, and violent moments of abjection have permeated twentieth- and twenty-first-century social and political discourse. The contributors to Abjection Incorporated: Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence (Duke University... Read More
A Very Square Peg: A Podcast Series about Polymath Robert Eisler. Episode 7: The Christ Vision
Robert Whitehead of London, a self-described “Business Man” who was “no Churchman and not a Jesus worshipper, much as I admire him,” wrote to Robert Eisler on New Year’s Eve of 1929, asking “if it is a frequent occurrence that men see The Christ; and are there occasions known when... Read More
Raluca Soreanu, “Working-through Collective Wounds: Trauma, Denial, Recognition in the Brazilian Uprising” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
Working-through Collective Wounds: Trauma, Denial, Recognition in the Brazilian Uprising (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) formulates a theory of collective trauma, drawing on the work of Sándor Ferenczi. Dr. Soreanu takes Ferenczi into the public square to answer a series of questions. What does it mean to understand the operation of the... Read More
Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel, “Holiness and Transgression: Mothers of the Messiah in the Jewish Myth” (ASP, 2017)
In this interview, Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel discusses her first book, Holiness and Transgression Mothers of the Messiah in the Jewish Myth, with Rachel Adelman.  Translated by Eugene Matansky and published by Academic Studies Press in 2017, it was originally written in Hebrew as Kedeshot ukedoshot: Imahot hamashiah bamythos hayehudi (2014). ... Read More