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Sigmund Freud Tried Thwarting Biographers. That Didn’t Stop Adam Phillips.

The esteemed author talks about all the reasons the founder of psychoanalysis would have objected to a new examination of his life

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Halfsies

Growing up with divorced parents—one Jewish, one not—seemed to offer an abundance of holiday riches. Instead, it caused grade-school trouble.

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The Big Day

After a year of unpleasant planning (or lack thereof), I found unplanned pleasure at my son’s bar mitzvah

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Immediate Identification

Finding things in common with a boy from old L

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Mothers’ Little Helpers

Guidebooks quell the anxieties of raising up a child

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The Comfort Zone

In our apartment, I learned French and read Shakespeare. Outside of it, things got a bit more complicated.

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A Death in Books

A son faces the ghosts his father left behind

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Impersonating Myself

When I finally met “my people,” I felt a little out of my depth

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Puppet Regime

The Quay Brothers and Bruno Schulz animate the ordinary

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Spatial Relations

How a childhood in Tel Aviv differs from one in Houston

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What Lies Beneath

One author thought moving to New York meant severing her small town roots. Then she started writing fiction.

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Tough Times

Joseph Lelyveld reports out his childhood and gets peeved at Cynthia Ozick