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A Book of Dreams

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If I were to hypothesize, I would say that there are many artists who owe their careers to this wonderful text, a book that shows the Blue-Velveteen Lynchian horrors that writhe underneath the surface of modern society, and that have made such a horrific and troubling impact on the young dream-life of the son of Wilhelm Reich. I would recommend this to readers looking for something a little different; an auto-biographical mishmash of dreams and memories with the added elements of weather machines and UFOs. Sometimes I scream in the car, driving along lost in the roar of turnpike driving, screaming, letting it out, making the windows vibrate.

If you are looking for a book about Wilhem Reich or his work by someone who knew him best, this isn't it. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged.The book is short, slim, and important, written by a man whose careers spanned journalism and child daycare according to the jacket.

Remembering who you are and where you came from is crucial, especially during that transition to adulthood. His sister does not seem to have written anything about their father or his work or how it affected her. And in the end, the book gave me the same unfinished and sad feeling as the song: that Peter can never fully get past the yearning for the magical ideals he lived in childhood, or let go of his need for the closeness he had for his father, both of which are irretrievably gone. He is well-known for his theories regarding the Orgone Energy and for starting the health fad surrounding accumulators.Reich's writing is a stream-of-consciousness foray into the world of his childhood, rife with personal struggles and momentous events that shaped his identity. I’d describe my grammar as average at best, but this was written in a really clunky way, with the narrator even inexplicably switching from first to third person at points? Written more like a stream of consciousness than a play-by-play retelling, it weaves a beautiful but tragic story of a man trying to make sense of his childhood trauma.

g. Jesus and Giordano Bruno – and a willingness to surrender one’s freedom to the most neurotic – e. I struggle at times to understand how cultures of beliefs that seem irrational to me are so persistent, but this story about a boy needing to keep living in the world of meaning his father created for him makes it so sympathetic; it’s about believing in his family and the relationship as much as any given philosophical or political ideal. Curious because of the fabled link with Kate Bush's Cloudbusting but the overlap is finished and done with early in this slim volume; the book focusses on Reich's confused relationship with his father, a brilliant scientist and psychiatrist who tipped over into mania and the worst sort of conspiracy-obsessed quackery before dying while serving a prison sentence. Fantastic book about one of the most misunderstood persons in history, as well as the victim of one of the worst examples of censorship in the United States.The feeling of what it must be like to be a child caught up in events beyond one's comprehension is very powerfully conveyed.

Whilst the story is unusual and quite unique, the writing on a second go-around feels a little detached and removed. Both the song and the book convey the author's sense of despair at, as he sees it, letting his father down and not being able to protect him. Relationships between a son and his father has always puzzled me, and as my life has taken turns itself, it has gotten only more confusing and metaphorical. In doing so I was surprised to learn that the song was actually based off of a memoir written by a man named Peter Reich about his childhood and experiences with his father, psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich.

Wilhelm Reich studied under Sigmund Freud, who he later parted ways with due to a disagreement in their approaches to sexuality. Anyway, I'm still keen to learn more about Reich, because his ideas were interesting, and while clearly a lot of what he ended up believing was nonsense, there's apparently something in some of what he did, and there was something weird going on with the FDA smashing his orgone accumulators and him dying in prison and all.

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