Side Effects

Adam Phillips’s latest collection of essays explores the similarities between psychoanalysis and literature. Analysis, Phillips argues, proceeds by paying close attention to side effects, understood as ‘what falls out of a patient’s pockets once he starts speaking.’ In common with the encounter with literature, it is impossible to know in advance where either reading or analysis will ultimately lead. ‘Phillips radiates infectious charm. The brew of gaiety, compassion, exuberance and idealism is heady and disarming.’ (Sunday Times)

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