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Psychoanalysis news and analysis from The Nation
February 3, 2017
Donald Trump’s Power Is Scary, Not His Mental Health
Psychiatrists are speaking out to warn of the dangers of Trump’s instability, but politicizing mental health is a mistake.
December 1, 2016
Letters From the December 19-26, 2016, Issue
Return of the repressed… Book therapy… Happily enough ever after… Dylan revisited… Bentham’s revenge…
November 2, 2016
Why did one of the 20th century’s most influential thinkers fade from significance?
July 29, 2016
What Breeds in ‘Standing Water’
Eleanor Chai’s poems require delving below the surface of each compact, enjambment-packed stanza, forcing the reader through a process of discovery not unlike Chai’s own origin story.
May 20, 2016
Stephen O’Connor Dreams of Thomas Jefferson
Even as it condemns Jefferson for his immoral conduct, O’Connor’s novel still holds him up as a hero.
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July 16, 2015
July 16, 1951: J.D. Salinger’s ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ Is Published
“Why has this unpretentious, mildly affecting chronicle of a few days in the life of a disturbed adolescent been read with enthusiasm?”
May 6, 2015
May 6, 1856: Sigmund Freud Is Born
“One cannot close this book without a sense of depression,”
’s reviewer said of Freud’s
The Interpretation of Dreams
October 28, 2014
John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee William gets mired down in psychoanalysis.
Julia M. Klein
May 13, 2014
How Tolerant Should We Be of Intolerance?
It’s one of the most ticklish questions of liberal philosophy.
March 26, 2014
From Visionary to the Fringe
Immanuel Velikovsky’s strange quest for a scientific theory of everything