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Here are a few recent articles written about Adam Phillips, for your reading pleasure:
One Way and Another: New and Selected Essays by Adam Phillips – a review by Daniel Cohen in The Guardian.
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This Is Your Life - A psychoanalytic writer urges us to just deal with it. By Joan Acocella in The New Yorker.
"Phillips, Britain’s foremost psychoanalytic writer, dislikes the modern notion that we should all be out there fulfilling our potential. In his new book, he argues that, instead of feeling that we should have a better life, we should just live, as gratifyingly as possible, the life we have. Otherwise, we are setting ourselves up for bitterness."
Tickling Our Minds: How Adam Phillips Changes Our Thinking. By Robert McCrum in Newsweek.
"He was taken up by the pragmatic English as a servant of the dark arts who could somehow translate the mysteries of analysis into brilliant, readable, and seductive prose."
Second Selves - "Missing Out", Sunday Book Review. By Sheila Heti in the New York Times.
"Phillips continued in that Bomb interview to express his hope for “a world in which there is less art and better relationships. . . . The only game in town is improving the quality of people’s relationships. Everything is about group life, and there’s no life without group life.” This seems indicative of how he wants his essays to function: less like art-objects (beautiful, stable things to be contemplated at a distance) than a training ground for how we might relate differently to the world and one another through how we relate to the text. Modeling relations in a safe environment is what many therapies do; it’s fascinating to see it work in a book."
The Q&A: Poetry as Therapy. By E.H. in The Economist.
"Freud suggests not exactly that we speak in poetry, because poetry has line-endings, but that we potentially speak with the type of incisiveness and ambiguity that we're most used to finding in poetry. So, to put it slightly differently: the reading of poetry would be a very good training for a psychoanalyst."