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Alison Bechdel, Fun Home. Yes, it's thirteen years old now, and was actually turned into a stage show... what can I say, I'm behind the times. I've just read it. *** The blurbs treated it as complex and subtle and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at in the hall of mirrors
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I'm in a casual, student-y restaurant in August: which means it's fairly empty. The big, friendly black cook looks at me inquiringly – I'll stick with this cider (yes, it's fruit-flavored, shut up you) and won't have dinner for another... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at in the hall of mirrors
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2:18 a.m. Zürich time: my thesis defense at the Jung-Institut is at 9 am. My phone's alarm is set for 6:20 – very early for me; and because I frequently get annoying side effects at night (headaches, itching, stomach aches)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at in the hall of mirrors
Saturday of a three-day weekend. A benefit for the gay rugby team... they're sweet guys, I know I'll go to this thing... but last night (i.e. Friday of the three-day weekend) I did a presentation for the new student Youth... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at in the hall of mirrors
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Well... not quite the anniversary. It was thirteen years since this blog was begun... as of yesterday. A day late, that's appropriate for a thirteenth anniversary, yes? ••• No posts since the new year; which doesn't mean I'm giving up... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at in the hall of mirrors
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When you read older fiction and someone refers to dragging a steel bath into the kitchen and filling it with kettles of boiling water, do you wonder... what would that be like? I don't think I could stand it. •••... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at in the hall of mirrors
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Dark of the year. Winter solstice, full moon, close to each other: death and life. As everything gets slower, calmer, there is a lot of time – and a lot of mental space.... All my analysands seem charged: some are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at in the hall of mirrors
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It has felt like a rather heavy month at points.... Or no, it hasn't, or perhaps it has intermittently. Cheerful bits, lively bits, confidence and – and a disappointed sense of stuckness (a partial stuckness, admittedly) around the thesis, around... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at in the hall of mirrors
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Fall... University is starting; I'm in better shape than last year – not energetic, but cheerful, calm. Frequently my body falls into a haze of slow-motion quasi-weakness – not like a sickness, just drained of energy; but it doesn't feel... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at in the hall of mirrors
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A time of flickering changes, referents – going through books, CDs, tech, implements and bowls and glasses, my office at school, my office at home, the living room, the kitchen: the world of things. There are burdens here, and entanglements... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at in the hall of mirrors
I can't easily explain it: a link between an unexpectedly named day, a song I didn't understand, and a set of unfamiliar feelings.... It's been a bit odd: I was throwing references to this stuff at my friends all day... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at in the hall of mirrors
The sky is a mixture of dim golds and blues.... ••• Last week, we had four beautiful days of summer. Early May; those four days were strictly delimited – the weather was forecast to change on the fifth day to... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at in the hall of mirrors
I think: there's a smell of doom, and power, in the room... ••• I am working on my thesis for the Jung-Institut, which is on the verge of being late, or too late; is methodologically not yet solid; is built... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at in the hall of mirrors
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14:23 = 2:23 pm 10 March 2018 = Saturday ... Having left M. with a hug at the station (one of those hugs between men that always make me wonder, in a flash, whether non-gay locals find this unusual, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at in the hall of mirrors
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The six-hour essay exam is about to end: I am in the small, coolly organised office at the top of the building, looking down across the garden to the lake. I have eaten my lunch at the table to my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at in the hall of mirrors
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[A week in Cape Town, South Africa, at the end of July 2017... continued from part 1. Yes, I did take a long time to finish writing this!....] ••• On Tuesday morning we are good and organised tourists: or really... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at in the hall of mirrors
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'Three in the morning' has shown up in several of my published papers around AIDS since the mid-1990s. It generally refers to the same nexus of memory, feeling, implications: a quality of being in a hospital room, an anonymous room... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
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And so, with various fussing and excitement and minor anxiety, and bringing a lot of medications related to digestive and allergic side effects, I boarded an airplane... and journeyed to the Fifth Continent. ••• Not the world's fifth continent, but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
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We agreed that today would be the final session of my own psychoanalysis… Strangely enough, this is the smoothest, most successful ending to an analytic relationship I’ve ever had. With each of the other three Jungian analysts, things went somewhat... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
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Reading about Chronos and Kairos: clock time and experiential, 'aware' time. (It's only a couple of months since I first learned that Chronos is not Kronos... an error caused by the similarity of the English sounds; in Greek they are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
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The last three days of being in Zürich... ••• Wednesday, 9:30 am: Dunbar gives his first lecture of the week at the Jung-Institut; he has visited here before, and he led a session of Nancy's online seminar this spring. His... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
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The first of these exams was the longest – Dr Weskamp, Dr Lüscher and a third woman I don't know go over one of my case reports, with dreams. The case is their selection, not mine – they are obviously... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
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The school year wound up remarkably firmly, last Friday... which was welcome. Yes, well, a few more things came up – a plagiarism case (that turned out not to be one, which made life easy), a handful of students rejected... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
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[From about a month ago, in late May – a sketch with no particular punch line.] A lovely day... very warm by local standards, but relatively normal by my own, and those of Californian (and Australian and Italian and Spanish)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
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The eleven-year anniversary of this blog.... Well, hey, it matters to me. A bit. ••• After a brief but unpleasant virus – probably caught on that hasty train south and back – everything has a slightly disconnected feel to it:... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors