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Jacobsen, K. Young, R.M. (2018). Editors' Lair 2. Free Associations, 19(1):i.

(2018). Free Associations, 19(1):i

Editors' Lair 2

Kurt Jacobsen and Robert M. Young

We are pleased to say that our second issue under new editorship reflects the reemphasis we promised on political aspects of psychoanalysis (within and around it) while at the same time retaining earlier thematic concerns. To that noble end, Ryan LeMothe examines psychoanalytic and material (for lack of a better word) roots and consequences of the imposition of humiliation and subjection in modern societies. Neil McLaughlin revisits the Fromm-Marcuse debate with fresh and challenging comments especially directed toward eminent Free Associations board member Russell Jacoby. Russell will parry and riposte in due course in what we believe will be a debate brimming with interesting and important questions well worth reanalyzing and reviving. Robert Young also reviews Joanna Ryan's intriguing and sweeping new book on psychoanalysis and leftwing politics.

We also offer Christopher Miller's fascinating neurological take on Bion's theories, a Lacanian discussion of chthonic (a very Lovecraftian word we never otherwise get to use) literature of the sort we ourselves in youth used to relish reading in the now crumbling pages of Weird Tales and the like, and an interview with Peter Barham along with his own reflections decades later on his superb quartet of books: Schizophrenia and Human Value, Relocating Madness: From The Mental Patient to the Person, Closing the Asylums, and Forgotten Lunatics of the Great War.

In the next issue, to commemorate the recent passing of former board member Joel Kovel, we will reprint his essay on Marxism and psychoanalysis from our very first issue along with commentaries on it by a band of contemporary practitioners. Contact us if you would like to join the enterprise. Keep the contributions of all kinds coming. We are only as good as you are.

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