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ISBN-10: 0393608778
ISBN-13: 9780393608779
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 05/04/2021
Dimensions: 8.60" L, 5.80" W, 1.30" H

Everybody: A Book about Freedom

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The body is a source of pleasure and of pain, at once hopelessly vulnerable and radiant with power. In her ambitious, brilliant sixth book, Olivia Laing charts an electrifying course through the long struggle for bodily freedom, using the life of the renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich to explore gay rights and sexual liberation, feminism, and the civil rights movement.

Drawing on her own experiences in protest and alternative medicine, and traveling from Weimar Berlin to the prisons of McCarthy-era America, Laing grapples with some of the most significant and complicated figures of the past century–among them Nina Simone, Christopher Isherwood, Andrea Dworkin, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, and Malcolm X.

Despite its many burdens, the body remains a source of power, even in an era as technologized and automated as our own. Arriving at a moment in which basic bodily rights are once again imperiled, Everybody is an investigation into the forces arranged against freedom and a celebration of how ordinary human bodies can resist oppression and reshape the world.

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A freewheeling and joyful exploration of the works and lives of a range of artists and thinkers who brought libidinal and creative energy together with spectacular results. Laing's particular gift lies in her unique ability to line up unlikely juxtapositions–of artists, ideas, and works–and then draw clear and illuminating insights from such constellations. What her earlier work did for loneliness, this book does for liberation–Jack Halberstam, author of Gaga Feminism
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Details

ISBN-10: 0393608778
ISBN-13: 9780393608779
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 05/04/2021
Dimensions: 8.60" L, 5.80" W, 1.30" H
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