Psychobiography is a very specialized and much maligned literary genre. Attempting to assess the psychological intricacies of an individual ‘remotely’, that is removed from the sanctity and free-associations of the psychoanalyst’s couch, is controversial. Nonetheless, if done well, it makes for fascinating reading. I’ve recently finished reading a couple of political psychobiographies, a task that has taken … More A Tale of Two Political Psychobiographies….
I’ve just come across this fascinating interview with Martin Marty who recently appeared at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest to talk about his book, “Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ‘Letters and Papers from Prison’: A Biography.” Marty was in discussion with Owen Youngman, professor of Digital Media Strategy at Northwestern University’s Medill School. There are … More Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison : A Biography
Book Review: Michael Palmer (2009). Freud and Jung on Religion. Routledge: London & New York. Michael Palmer is perhaps best known for his 2010 book ‘The Atheists Creed’ in which he states in his ‘Credo’: ‘I believe that the path to individual and collective happiness lies in being educated to reality, and in being thus … More Book Review: Freud & Jung on Religion
I’ve just finished reading Jon Krakauer’s magnificant book Into the Wild. The book vividly illuminates the true story of a young American, Christopher McCandless. Raised in a financially secure family and with a college education behind him, McCandless yearns to escape from the confines of a society that espouses values at odds with his own. … More Musings on ‘Into the Wild’