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In high school science classes, the "whole is greater than the sum of its parts" ideas is frequently discussed. I think that this book, a collection of stories related (at least loosely) to psychoanalysis is actually less than the sum of its parts.Theoretically, a book with such a nice collection of authors & artists should be a thoroughly compelling read. In reality, I trudged through many of the stories, with the exception of the first. Even Paul Auster's contribution was a bit of a letdown, a...
The story “The Emotions Are Not Skilled Workers” and White’s piece about his varying experiences with psychoanalysts from adolescence to his later years are worth a look.
The first story, "The Emotions Are Not Skilled Workers" is one of the best stalking stories I have read in a long time. I usually don't like the idea of these stories, but this one takes a very icky topic and slips it in under the door, as it were, without scaring off the reader.Emund White's "Shrinks" will be appreciated by anyone who has already enjoyed one of his other autobiographical pieces on growing up different in the 50s.This was actually a rereading of this volume, as I subscribed to G...
I skipped a couple of the pieces that didn't grab me in this selection. But enjoyed most of what I did read.The non-fiction pieces by White, Parker and Parks were all very good. And the Paul Auster was short but sweet. And I could spend forever looking at photos of body shapes made by Gormley.