'Everything depends on what, if anything, we find interesting: on what we are encouraged and educated to find interesting, and what we find ourselves being interested in despite ourselves. There is our official curiosity and our unofficial curiosity (and psychoanalysis is a story about the relationship between the two)...'
Based on three connected talks on the subject of attention, this pocket-sized book from Adam Phillips is a fascinating and memorable introduction to idea and the uses of our attention.
The Martin Amis of British psychoanalysis . . . brilliantly amusing and often highly unsettling
One of those writers whom it is a pleasure simply to hear think
Reading Phillips, you may be amused, vexed, dazzled. But the one thing you will never be is bored
Playfully digressive style... He is the finest living decipherer of affective life [and] the Bob Dylan of psychoanalysis