Saturday, July 9, 2011

New Wilhelm Reich book

Celebrity psychiatrist Peter D. Kramer (Listening to Prozac, etc.) reviews a new book about Wilhelm Reich, Adventures in the Orgasmatron by Christopher Turner, and also assesses Reich's legacy. Kramer concludes, "It is largely in Oprah, in the broad dissemination of advice about intimacy and self-fulfillment. The culture of confession has not led to political nirvana, but we may—I do—see a link between Oprah's investment in emotional connection and her endorsement, and our election, of Obama, a community organizer, a concilator, and the finest memoirist to be elected president. This connection between personal and political awareness is tamer and more tenuous than anything Reich contemplated, but it may contain a hint of his influence."

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