Freud in Coney Island And Other Tales

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Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, Jan 1, 2006 - Fiction - 104 pages
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Fiction. "The facts are simple enough: In September, 1909, a relatively unknown Freud spent a week in New York City, en route to a lecture series upstate at Clark University. The air ranged from muggy to stifling. The museum exhibition on antiquities, the one he had high hopes for, proved substandard. The crowds on the street smelled of industrial fluids and sweat. Even friendly faces made him squirm. The conductor on a tram tried to be empathetic: he ordered the crowd to make room for 'the old man.' But Freud did not see himself as old, not yet." Thus begins this off-the-wall collection from the author of The History of Forgetting. Pitched somewhere between fiction and essay, between short story and novella, FREUD IN CONEY ISLAND AND OTHER TALES uses what are possibly actual facts from the eminent psychoanalyst's life to produce beautifully meandering engagements with topics ranging from the work of Lissitzky to laserographic confocal search methods to the ideas of Freud himself.

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Norman M. Klein was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945. He began his academic career with stops along the way at the University of California, Los Angeles, Otis College, Southern California Institute of Architecture and the University of Southern California. A historian in the fields of architecture, media, and culture, he has been a Professor of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts for over thirty years. Memory and all of its socially relevant functions are at the core of Klein's interests. By exploring a multitude of issues and themes, Klein pursues traces of the past and critically investigates how selective the memory is and how facts and fiction are combined in history. In doing so, Klein moves between various genres and techniques. "The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory" (1997) is a "melding of archival research with critical theory", as observed by the media researcher Peter Lunenfeld. "Klein cannot help but transgress: he moves from personal memoir to a theoretical exegesis; binds between two covers essays, a novella, and a form he calls the docufable

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