Jamieson Webster’s “Disorganisation and Sex”

By LARB Radio HourDecember 2, 2022

Jamieson Webster’s “Disorganisation and Sex”
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Kate Wolf speaks with the writer and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster about her recent book Disorganisation and Sex, which collects a decade’s worth of Webster’s essays on themes such as desire, pleasure, fantasy, and the unconscious, and the often uneasy relationships we have with them in our everyday lives. Sex, Webster writes, is sometimes felt as a curse, not a cure—and by extension its disorganizing force is both highly guarded and legislated against (as it was recently with the overturning of Roe vs Wade). In her writing and clinical work, Webster sees the role of the psychoanalyst as someone “who takes on the burden of disorganisation and tries, at all costs, to do something other than make it go away,” leaving room for its revelatory potential and power to change us.

Also, Hilton Als, author of My Pinup, returns to recommend Henry Green’s Party Going.

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