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FROM THE ARCHIVES /Norman Finkelstein . . . devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risks of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neuroses spares them the task of constructing a personal one. —Freud, The Future of an Illusion As inevitable as the china closet in the dining room, faith, appraised by the antique dealers of Vienna, Berlin, Prague, Warsaw and Paris, San Francisco by way of New York, hardly stands a chance of maintaining its value in a marketplace flooded with cheaper commodities. That's Father there on the whatnot: once upon a time he was a book in the library; then he became a space on the shelf. For the individual and the universal are indistinguishable, neurosis having gone out of style. One senses a massive evasion, but wherever one turns, the signs of honesty swing Uke shingles above shopkeepers' doors. The pale satisfactions of science are no Ulusion, but open on a world cured of devotion by interminable analysis. What young man would not stand aside and weep for the wayward cleric, the lost sea captain, and the parlormaid in the hands of the clever seducer? So traffic in dreams becomes an exercise in nostalgia, as the table is set for the annual dinner, the group portrait to be found in a textbook a hundred years hence. The Missouri Review · 147 ...

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ISSN
1548-9930
Print ISSN
0191-1961
Pages
p. 147
Launched on MUSE
2011-10-05
Open Access
No
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