RR: We are delighted to have the biographer Brenda Maddox here with us this evening, in conversation with the psychoanalyst Helen Taylor Robinson. They will be talking about Brenda's work and in particular her latest book George's Ghosts: A New Life of W.B. Yeats. Brenda and Helen will talk for 45 minutes, and then there will be 45 minutes worth of discussion with the audience, after which we hope you'll stay for refreshments—and more discussion.
Helen Taylor Robinson is a psychoanalyst in full time private practice with adults and young people. She has a background in English literature and a longstanding interest in the application of psychoanalysis to the arts.
Brenda Maddox has a career in writing and broadcasting. She worked for The Economist for twenty years, latterly as Britain Editor, then as Home Affairs Editor. During this period she covered the conflict in Northern Ireland as well as writing on telecommunications and family law. She has written seven books including her three critically acclaimed biographies. The first, Nora: A Life of Nora Joyce, was about Nora Barnacle, the wife of James Joyce. It won The Los Angeles Times Prize for Biog- raphy and was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize for Biography. It was used as a basis for the film Nora, released in May of this year, which was directed by a female director, Pat Murphy, with Ewan McGregor and Susan Lynch playing the Joyce couple. Her second biography, A Married Man: A Life of D.H. Lawrence, was published in 1994 and won the Whitbread Biography Award. Her most recent book about W.B. Yeats, published last year, was reviewed very positively, with Victoria Glendenning in The Spectator describing it as “crisp, humane, sophisticated and sufficient. It tells you everything that anyone except a fanatic would want to know.” It was shortlisted this year for the Samuel Johnson non-fiction prize.
I stood on the bank of the Watauga River, looking at the 16-foot, Class V monster known as State Line Falls. It had five boulders in the current with four chutes running through them. Three of the slots were all but impassable, especially at this water level. The fourth was violent and intense. And yet, the approach was pretty easy, and I thought I could hit the line. Run this monster, or walk it. I had to choose.
Over the years, I've experienced a few moments like that one. Sometimes, I'd put my kayak on my shoulder and walk around. Other times, I decided that the line was good and my skills were up to the challenge, so I made the run. But this time, I simply stood, indecisive, with the wind and the spray from the falls washing over me.
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I should like to dedicate this chapter to the memory of Dr Douglas Haldane (1926–2012), a pioneering child and family psychiatrist and member of the Scottish Institute of Human Relations. It was on his prompting that I first read Marital Tensions; he later encouraged me to become involved in, and to write about couple psychotherapy.
In this chapter, I explore the first application of Fairbairn's ideas to understanding couple relationships, as set out by Henry Dicks, in his classic text Marital Tensions (1967). This application was further developed, most notably by Zinner (1976) and by Scharff and Scharff (1987, 1991). I shall attempt my exploration by way of examining the difficulties described by an imaginary couple during a consultation for couple psychotherapy. I shall then summarise Dicks's thinking in relation to Fairbairnian concepts. Finally, the couple's case is further explored, as if seeking consultation from Henry Dicks himself.