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A podcast about psychoanalysis, politics, pop culture, and the ways we suffer now, featuring Abby Kluchin & Patrick Blanchfield

Ordinary Unhappiness Patrick & Abby

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A podcast about psychoanalysis, politics, pop culture, and the ways we suffer now, featuring Abby Kluchin & Patrick Blanchfield

    42: Wild Analysis: The President’s Analyst Teaser

    42: Wild Analysis: The President’s Analyst Teaser

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    In a perfect pairing with our ongoing series on Lacan, we come in from the cold and go underground by watching Theodore Flicker’s neglected classic, “The President’s Analyst” (1967). James Coburn stars as a psychoanalyst drafted to serve as the president’s shrink, and who swiftly goes from starstruck to depleted to a fugitive on the run. This satiric romp hit a nerve with the FBI, was censored in post-production, and quickly disappeared from theaters. A loving sendup of psychoanalysis, an acid-addled dramatization of Cold War anxieties, and just a gonzo all-around-good time, the film gives us plenty to talk about, from the paranoic structure of knowledge to the Big Other of surveillance to unorthodox cures for “hostility” to J. Edgar Hoover’s secret flirtations with self-analysis and more. 
    Beverly Gage’s biography of J. Edgar Hoover is G-MAN: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century. 
    You can listen to Barry McGuire’s “Inner-Manipulations” (featured in the film) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU7F_u9L5X8

    Have you noticed that Freud is back? Got questions about psychoanalysis? Or maybe you’ve traversed the fantasy and lived to tell the tale? Leave us a voicemail! 484 775-0107
     
     A podcast about psychoanalysis, politics, pop culture, and the ways we suffer now. New episodes on Saturdays. Follow us on social media:
     
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    Twitter: @UnhappinessPod
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    Patreon: patreon.com/OrdinaryUnhappiness

    Theme song:
    Formal Chicken - Gnossienne No. 1
    https://open.spotify.com/album/2MIIYnbyLqriV3vrpUTxxO
    Provided by Fruits Music

    • 5 min
    41: Identification and Misrecognition: The Mirror Stage, Part II

    41: Identification and Misrecognition: The Mirror Stage, Part II

    Our journey through Lacan’s “mirror stage” continues as the scene before the mirror unfolds into a tragic drama. Abby, Patrick, and Dan unpack the many meanings of “identification” and how, for Lacan, the self-identification the baby “assumes” from the slick image in the mirror offers a template for all subsequent identifications. They also talk about mirrors both literal and metaphorical; biological models, developmental teleologies, and roles we assume; the desire for knowledge; and knowledge as a destination versus knowledge as a process.

    Have you noticed that Freud is back? Got questions about psychoanalysis? Or maybe you’ve traversed the fantasy and lived to tell the tale? Leave us a voicemail! 484 775-0107
     
    A podcast about psychoanalysis, politics, pop culture, and the ways we suffer now. New episodes on Saturdays. Follow us on social media:
     
    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/OrdinaryUnhappiness
    Twitter: @UnhappinessPod
    Instagram: @OrdinaryUnhappiness
    Patreon: patreon.com/OrdinaryUnhappiness

    Theme song:
    Formal Chicken - Gnossienne No. 1
    https://open.spotify.com/album/2MIIYnbyLqriV3vrpUTxxO
    Provided by Fruits Music

    • 1 hr 3 min
    40: Standard Edition Volume 1 Part 6: The Symptom is a Compromise: The Fliess Extracts, Continued feat. Christine Smallwood Teaser

    40: Standard Edition Volume 1 Part 6: The Symptom is a Compromise: The Fliess Extracts, Continued feat. Christine Smallwood Teaser

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    In the latest installment of the Standard Edition, we valiantly soldier through more of the Fliess Extracts section of SE Volume 1 with novelist and literary critic Christine Smallwood. We discuss the Freud-Fliess sibling dynamic; a case study of a recently married singer suffering from anxiety that reminds us of “Dora” in multiple ways, including Freud’s interrogation-style approach to her treatment; why Freud’s women patients keep fleeing analysis; the notion of a symptom as fundamentally a structure of compromise; an early discussion of the idea of “defence”; and Freud’s dream about his dead father. Also: Patrick unexpectedly breaks into an aria. 
    Christine cites Juliet Mitchell’s book Fratriarchy: The Sibling Trauma and the Law of the Mother: https://bookshop.org/p/books/fratriarchy-the-sibling-trauma-and-the-law-of-the-mother-juliet-mitchell/18705733
    Christine’s new book on Chantal Akerman’s La Captive will be out in March, and in the meantime, here is an excerpt (about Akerman and Proust) in The New York Review of Books: https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2024/02/08/time-unregained-la-captive-chantal-akerman/
    Have you noticed that Freud is back? Got questions about psychoanalysis? Or maybe you’ve traversed the fantasy and lived to tell the tale? Leave us a voicemail! 484 775-0107
     
     A podcast about psychoanalysis, politics, pop culture, and the ways we suffer now. New episodes on Saturdays. Follow us on social media:
     
     Linktree: https://linktr.ee/OrdinaryUnhappiness
    Twitter: @UnhappinessPod
    Instagram: @OrdinaryUnhappiness
    Patreon: patreon.com/OrdinaryUnhappiness

    Theme song:
    Formal Chicken - Gnossienne No. 1
    https://open.spotify.com/album/2MIIYnbyLqriV3vrpUTxxO
    Provided by Fruits Music

    • 4 min
    39: It’s Not You, It’s Lacan: The Mirror Stage, Part I

    39: It’s Not You, It’s Lacan: The Mirror Stage, Part I

    Abby, Patrick, and Dan kick off their 2024 Lacan era by tackling his single most famous essay and concept: the mirror stage. Because Lacan is notoriously difficult, this is going to take multiple episodes, of which the first is devoted to stage-setting, demystifying, and unpacking exactly why Lacan is both so notoriously difficult, and also notorious in general. What shakes out of their ensuing conversation includes Lacan’s biography (in brief); Lacan as a reader of Freud and the description of his project as a “return to Freud”; the experience of reading Lacan; frustration, anxiety, the pressure of time, and the logic of the “short session”; and more. Then they turn to the essay itself, getting granular about Lacan’s relationship to phenomenology (and what that is), his opposition to Descartes’ cogito (and what that entails), and more, building to the famous scene of the baby jubilant before the image of itself in the mirror. What a charming scene of self-recognition and unproblematic joy! Or is it? Stay tuned for the next installment.

    Texts cited:

    Jacques Lacan, Ecrits: The First Complete Edition in English. W.W. Norton 2007. Translated by Bruce Fink.

    Malcolm Bowie, Lacan.

    Rene Descartes, Discourse on the Method and Meditations on First Philosophy.

    Edmund Husserl, Cartesian Meditations

    Bruck Fink, A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique

    Kareem Malone and Stephen Friedlander, eds. The Subject of Lacan: A Lacanian Reader for Psychologists

    Stuart Schneiderman, Jacques Lacan: Death of an Intellectual Hero

    Jonathan Lear, Freud

    Elisabeth Roudinesco, Jacques Lacan

    Jorge Luis Borges, “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote” in The Garden of Forking Paths

    Have you noticed that Freud is back? Got questions about psychoanalysis? Or maybe you’ve traversed the fantasy and lived to tell the tale? Leave us a voicemail! 484 775-0107
     
     A podcast about psychoanalysis, politics, pop culture, and the ways we suffer now. New episodes on Saturdays. Follow us on social media:
     
     Linktree: https://linktr.ee/OrdinaryUnhappiness
    Twitter: @UnhappinessPod
    Instagram: @OrdinaryUnhappiness
    Patreon: patreon.com/OrdinaryUnhappiness

    Theme song:
    Formal Chicken - Gnossienne No. 1
    https://open.spotify.com/album/2MIIYnbyLqriV3vrpUTxxO
    Provided by Fruits Music

    • 1 hr 53 min
    38: Wild Analysis: Taylor Swift Teaser

    38: Wild Analysis: Taylor Swift Teaser

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    We set out to discuss the Eras tour film but got drawn into the broader cultural phenomenon that is Taylor Swift. Along the way, we talk about the concepts of cathexis and the Big Other; our own embarrassing childhood attachments to music; how the Eras tour is like Nietzsche’s eternal return; Swift’s self-narration about her relationship to praise, food, and body image in Miss Americana; and Abby’s unexpectedly strong negative investment in the Travis-Taylor relationship.

    Texts we discussed:

    Taffy Brodesser-Akner, “My Delirious Trip to the Heart of Swiftiedom,"
    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/12/magazine/taylor-swift-eras-tour.html

    Sam Lansky, “2023 Person of the Year: Taylor Swift,”
    https://time.com/6342806/person-of-the-year-2023-taylor-swift/

    Richard Rodriguez, Hunger of Memory

    Christopher Bollas, Being a Character: Psychoanalysis and Self Experience

    Have you noticed that Freud is back? Got questions about psychoanalysis? Or maybe you’ve traversed the fantasy and lived to tell the tale? Leave us a voicemail! 484 775-0107
     
    A podcast about psychoanalysis, politics, pop culture, and the ways we suffer now. New episodes on Saturdays. Follow us on social media:
     
    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/OrdinaryUnhappiness
    Twitter: @UnhappinessPod
    Instagram: @OrdinaryUnhappiness
    Patreon: patreon.com/OrdinaryUnhappiness

    Theme song:
    Formal Chicken - Gnossienne No. 1
    https://open.spotify.com/album/2MIIYnbyLqriV3vrpUTxxO
    Provided by Fruits Music

    • 5 min
    UNLOCKED: 25: Wild Analysis: Barbie

    UNLOCKED: 25: Wild Analysis: Barbie

    Abby and Patrick are traveling, so enjoy this unlocked Patreon episode. Support Ordinary Unhappiness on Patreon to get access to all the exclusive episodes. patreon.com/OrdinaryUnhappiness

    We talk about one of the biggest cinematic releases of the year: Barbie. We get into the film’s gender politics and vision of sexual difference; dolls, children’s play, and various forms of playfulness; dreams both literal and metaphoric; feminist utopian literature; how this movie is actually all about Ken; and why we read Barbie as a reaction formation against increasing public consciousness of gender beyond the binary.

    Have you noticed that Freud is back? Got questions about psychoanalysis? Or maybe you’ve traversed the fantasy and lived to tell the tale? Leave us a voicemail! 484 775-0107

    A podcast about psychoanalysis, politics, pop culture, and the ways we suffer now. New episodes on Saturdays. Follow us on social media:

    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/OrdinaryUnhappiness
    Twitter: @UnhappinessPod
    Instagram: @OrdinaryUnhappiness
    Patreon: patreon.com/OrdinaryUnhappiness

    Theme song:
    Formal Chicken - Gnossienne No. 1
    https://open.spotify.com/album/2MIIYnbyLqriV3vrpUTxxO
    Provided by Fruits Music

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

threeofwands ,

Fantastic

Really love this podcast.

Garage games ,

Exceptionally good

In its own rights, this show is extremely good, easily one of my favourite podcasts and most likely THE best podcast about psychoanalysis i’ve come across

However, the patreon-exclusive series (which i believe is being drip-fed into the free feed) “Reading The Standard Edition” is on another level. I’ve attended classes at several of the premier psychoanalytic institutions in the world, as well as studying psychoanalysis philosophically at graduate school, and I can’t think of a time I’ve seen Freud presented with this level of rigour, clarity or incisiveness. It’s incredible the things good educators can do when given time left to their own devices.

Cassandra2021 ,

Excellent very high quality podcast

Love this podcast and want do congratulate the presenters. I’ve learned so much listening to it

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