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Peter Gay, a Prolific Historian, Dies at 91

Award-winning author wrote seminal biography on Freud, traced European thought, Jewry

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Stefan Zweig’s Illusion of a Good Europe That Never Was Bewitches Us Still

The Austrian writer presented an ideal of what Europe might have been and might one day be

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The Freudian Became a Catholic

Karl Stern, Canadian psychiatrist and writer, was in his day a famous Catholic convert. Why has he been forgotten?

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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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‘Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst,’ by Adam Phillips

An excerpt from a new biography of young Sigmund Freud explores how the Dreyfus Affair affected the thinker

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Imagining the Lives of the Jewish Mothers Behind Famous Jews

How Jewish moms might have put their kids on the path to greatness—perhaps unintentionally

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Sigmund Freud’s Sicko Grandson: Cruel Lover, Terrible Father, One Hell of a Painter

Two new biographical studies and dual exhibits in Vienna plumb the psychodrama of the great Lucian Freud

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Thieves Smash Urn Containing Freud’s Ashes

Police looking for suspects in ‘despicable act by a callous thief’

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More Praise of “Censorship” at Hillel

Let’s be honest about what anti-Zionism entails

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What Would Freud Say About Mother’s Day?

Talking with Daphne Merkin about ‘American mishegas’

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Nate Silver Wins Today’s Election

How the statistician has permanently changed the polling game

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Atomic Bombshell

New research uncovers a link between Freud’s inner circle and the Soviet atomic bomb

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New Republic

I grew up in a world of observance, separate from secular America, but soon realized that the borders are more porous than they seem

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Not a Fairy Tale

Children’s book illustrator Tom Seidmann-Freud—Sigmund Freud’s niece—led a short and tragic life, but her surreal, whimsical art endures

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Hypnotizing Norman

Outside my cloistered yeshiva, I found a new social order and a friend who, unlike me, was trusting enough to submit to someone else’s authority

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Criminal Acts

Agenda: “Crime Scene: Europe,” Jascha Heifetz in a new documentary, Def Jam in Atlanta, Jewish life in the Bay Area, Freud vs. Jung in Oslo, and more

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Candidly Canetti

Lost Books

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Sundown: Winning the Flotilla

Plus the uncowardly Robert Ford, the Hasidic Sam Spade, and more

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Less Interesting Jewish Books

Thank God we have better stuff to read

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Matzah Ball Soup for the Chinese Soul

The Jews and their excellentness

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In Treatment

In Argentina, psychoanalysis is as common as Malbec

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Pen Pal

In his letters, Saul Bellow was thoughtful, eloquent, feisty—and quite possibly at his most Jewish

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Painfully Good

On the eve of the Oscars, an endorsement of ‘The White Ribbon’

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Freud-Owned Hitler Painting For Sale

One Jew who may have helped the Führer out

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Race Relations

Freud and his theories on the inheritance of Jewishness

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Sundown: Obama’s Faux Pas?

He’s got sole, and more in today’s news

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The Ha-Ha

What’s in a joke? Jim Holt finds out.

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Master of the Orgasm

A fresh look at the laughingstock of psychoanalysis

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