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LIVE from the NYPL: ADAM PHILLIPS in conversation with Paul Holdengräber SIDE EFFECTS: What Falls out of your Pockets once you Start to Speak


"Psychoanalysis does not need more abstruse or sentimental abstractions--any new paradigms or radical revisions--it just needs more good sentences." Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips is the author of:

On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored, On Flirtation, Monogamy, Going Sane, and now Side Effects.


Stylish brilliance, playfulness, daringly suggestive titles and many good sentences are the mark of every book by Adam Phillips, one of the very best essayists at work today. Whether turning his attention to tickling, kissing, being bored, or monogamy ("there is a difference between not doing something because you believe it is wrong, and not doing something because you might be punished for it), reading Phillips is a dazzling, at times exhilarating experience. As the Observer of London wrote, "one thing you will never be is bored."

In his new book, Side Effects, Phillips claims that psychoanalysis as a form of therapy works by attending to the patient's side effects, that is, 'what falls out of his pockets once he starts speaking.'

Who knows what will fall out of Adam Phillips' pockets once he starts to talk. This conversation is one way of finding out.

About Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips is an essayist, psychoanalyst, and the author of eleven books, including On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored; On Flirtation; Darwin's Worms; Houdini's Box; and Equals. He writes regularly for the New York Times, The Observer, and The London Review of Books, and is General Editor of the new Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations. His new book is Side Effects.





About Paul Holdengräber

Paul Holdengräber is the Director of Public Programs now known as "LIVE from the NYPL" for The Research Libraries of The New York Public Library.