Monday, February 02, 2009
An intellectual gigolo and the greatest analyst who ever lived?
"In November 1984, Jeffrey Masson filed a libel suit against writer Janet Malcolm and the New Yorker, claiming that Malcolm had intentionally misquoted him in a profile she wrote for the magazine about his former career as a Freud scholar and administrator of the Freud archives. Over the next twelve years the case moved up and down the federal judicial ladder, at one point reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. Had a successful Freudian scholar actually called himself an intellectual gigolo and the greatest analyst who ever lived? Or had a respected writer for the New Yorker knowingly placed false, self-damning words in her subject's mouth?"
Kathy Roberts Forde will be discussing her new book, Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. New Yorker and the First Amendment, on Thursday, February 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union.
Posted by Carl at 1:53 PM