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Totemism Today
In Totem and Taboo Sigmund Freud explores the similarities between the mental lives of neurotic patients and so-called savages, suggesting that totemic rituals find a modern day analog in the pathological behavior of compulsive individuals. Though turn of the century Vienna wasn't known for its storied basketball, baseball, or football franchises, Freud could have added the obsessive fervor of sports fans to this case study.  Image by Alissa Zhu Thankfully, Lester Munson will bridge this... Continue Reading >>
Human Dark With Sugar: A Reading with Brenda Shaughnessy
What’s love got to do with it? If the capacity for Eros is what elevates us from the animal kingdom, it’s also the source of endless suffering. It was Ovid (the proto-advice columnist) who wrote: “Love and dignity cannot share the same abode.”   In Our Andromeda, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, Brenda Shaughnessy envisions an alternate cosmos in which the anguish and cruelty of terrestrial life are nonexistent. While her earlier work featured wry... Continue Reading >>