Friday, October 05, 2007
Roth, Michael S. "Review of THE DEATH OF SIGMUND FREUD by Mark Edmundson." LOS ANGELES TIMES September 23, 2007.
More than 150 years after his birth, Sigmund Freud still haunts us. His ideas creep into our language like a symptom, or like an unconscious desire. Sometimes it's all in fun, as when Brian, the thoughtful canine on Fox's Family Guy, wondered with the therapist if his wetting the floor was an act of aggression. Sometimes it's to deepen our engagement with a narrative, as happened to Tony Soprano, in HBO's The Sopranos, when he tried, with the help of his therapist, Dr. Melfi, to understand what it meant to be abandoned by your sister and to inherit the burdens left by your mother. Freud was declared dead in a 2005 cover story in Newsweek; the following year, the magazine ran another piece on the "debunked doctor," declaring him an "inescapable force." Freud just won't disappear, and Mark Edmundson's The Death of Sigmund Freud offers a compelling redescription of why the founder of psychoanalysis retains his relevance today. . . . Read the rest here: http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-bk-roth23sep23,0,4392115.story?coll=la-books-center