Q & A with George Makari
A nice crowd turned out at Book Culture on a wet slushy Friday night to hear George Makari’s presentation about his new book, Revolution in Mind: The Creation of Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Makari talked about how the book came to be and explained its structure and scope. He then read a portion of the introduction and opened it up for Q&A from the audience, who posed questions about Freud’s legacy and teachings, why Vienna plays such a prominent role in the history of psychoanalysis and how certain photos were chosen for the front cover of the book.
Before the event we had some time to sit and chat about books with Dr. Makari. Here is what he shared with us:
What books are you currently reading?
Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to the publication of?
Do you have standard titles or writers you like to recommend?
Denis Johnson’s first novel, Angels is a beautiful book. And in history, John Burrow’s A History of Histories, and The Western Medical Tradition: 1800 – 2000 by W.F. Bynum is excellent. Actually, do you guys have a paperback copy of that on hand? I know your bookstore must have this title. (Ed. note: Yup. In fact we did have one copy left — and George gladly purchased it from us when the event was over. Thanks George!)
Can you share with us a title that you consider one of your favorite books?
Yes — Flaubert’s Sentimental Education.
Have you shopped at our bookstore in the past?
Yes! I love your bookstore and have visited many times. It’s a real New York special.