Welcome from the Editor:
“The secret of the psychoanalytic method is the very engagement of a discourse wherein the fixity and certainty of any proferred epistemic configuration are dislodged… what psychoanalysis offers, the subject is thus its discourse as Otherwise.”
Barrett, B. (1993). Psychoanalysis and the Postmodern Impulse: Knowing and Being Since Freud’s Psychology. Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore (p. 42).
Welcome to the eighth issue of Other/Wise. We invite you on a journey of the imagination, an intellectual adventure, a discovery of a journal dedicated to psychoanalysis, and to the creative arts. Our psychoanalytic articles may be scholarly, theoretical, clinical, research-oriented, self-revelatory, and more, from all psychoanalytic outlooks — including psychoanalytic outlooks that are discovering their own existence as they take their place in each issue of the journal.
Most issues feature two categories, “Entering the Consulting Room,” featuring clinical work, and “Autobiographical Discoveries: Our Psyches, Our Selves,” featuring the personal journey. We publish creative works such as short stories, poems, plays, visual art, and music, that illuminate internal unconscious process or any aspect of the human condition that engages us from the depth perspective.
This issue offers something in every category: a potpourri of scholarly/theoretical articles, a clinical article, a book review, creative literature, and art. The categories are fluid – an article could easily fit more than one category. “Modern Kleinian Therapy and the Initial Therapeutic Interaction” by Robert Waska is listed in the “Entering the Consulting Room” category, as indeed it features clinical work, and it also is a scholarly and theoretical article.
Some contributors offer material in a number of categories – Vanessa Hannah Bright has a poem accompanied by her own art work, and an article, “America, the New Object,” in “Autobiographical Discoveries: Our Psyches, Our Selves.” Others are embarking on a new journey. “Centered on Life’s Marrow”, a poem by Keri S. Cohen, is her first publication. It is an editorial pleasure to publish someone for the first time, and to introduce new contributors to our readership.
In addition, this issue includes a scholarly theoretical article by Ken Silvestro, a poem by Fanny Brewster, a discursive article on essay writing as an interpersonal process by Sandie Friedman, a book review by Karen M. Randall, and an article by Farrell Silverberg on the contributions of the Portuguese psychoanalyst António Coimbra de Matos. António Coimbra de Matos is a recipient of the 2012 IFPE Distinguished Educator award.
I am grateful for the opportunity to exercise my editorial prerogative and publish my own play, “Three Street Koans”. In Fall 2011 I published another play of mine, “Grail Green”. The two plays share a main character, who is 10 years older in “Three Street Koans” than he was in “Grail Green”. The two plays were produced together under the umbrella title of “Kool-Aid” in 1971, at the Forum Theater of Lincoln Center. I hope readers of Other/Wise may be curious enough to read both plays, which I wrote when I was 28 years old, to discover my nascent psychoanalytic sensibility, manifesting in creative work, at a time before I undertook my psychoanalytic journey. Other/Wise is a journal that recognizes the interdisciplinary affinities of psychoanalysis and creative work.
Autobiographical Discoveries: Our Psyches, Our Selves
- America, The New Object
by Vanessa Hannah Bright
- Window to Eternity: A Personal View of Death
by Fanny Brewster
Entering the Consulting Room
- Rediscovering Psyche: An Eternal Return
by Ken Silvestro
- Writing With an Other: The Essay as Interpersonalized Fantasy
by Sandie Friedman
- My Understanding of the Psychoanalytic Wisdom, Thinking and Contributions of Portuguese Psychoanalytic Educator António Coimbra de Matos
by Farrell Silverberg
Creative Literature: Play
- Three Street Koans
by Merle Molofsky
Creative Literature: Poetry
- “Forever, Your Marty”: A Review of The Flash and Outbreak of a Fiery Mind: The love letters of Martha Bernays Freud 1882-1886
by Karen M. Randall, Ph.D.
- Fanny Brewster
- Vanessa Hannah Bright
- Keri S. Cohen
- Sandie Friedman
- Merle Molofsky
- Karen M. Randall
- Farrell Silverberg
- Ken Silvestro
- Robert Waska