I was in one of your dreams? Yeah. Can you deal with that? Yeah.
A brilliant recent exploration of the nature of dreams, and their paradoxical (non-) place in our living environment is Jeff Nichols’s film Take Shelter (2012). In it a married construction supervisor named Curtis has nightmarish dreams of storms, or of a fantastic catastrophe, and of people attacking him. These dreams tell of lurking dangers in the present and of a coming ecological reckoning. The dreamer reacts by two contradictory sets of actions: one, he prepares for the imminent danger, and tears himself away from those who threaten him in his dreams, digs a hole in the ground, builds up his storm shelter. […] Lire la suite ... >> “I was in one of your dreams? The Jeff Nichols film TAKE SHELTER”
Psychoanalysis is likened to voodoo, and seen as deriving from dreaming. The fright of the reader of psychoanalytical texts. Also: Masud Khan and the why of art.
I am not a psychoanalyst, nor am I seeing one. But I read psychoanalytical texts, and must ask myself why.
I mean I try to read mostly narratives of the analytical encounter and the analyst’s subsequent attempt to extract or abstract a number of still theoretical formulations that could be useful to him, and then to others. But I prefer it if the texts have an emotional significance, meaning that they are, at the end, tragically useless beyond what they describe. Freud’s “Dora” is a great narrative but is contested because the patient, at the end, does not return. […] Lire la suite ... >> “The wish to sleep and the wish to wake up and the capacity to dream?”