Michael Neve

  • Flashbacks by Timothy Leary
    Heinemann, 397 pp, £9.95, October 1983, ISBN 0 434 40975 8
  • Freud and Cocaine by E.M. Thornton
    Blond and Briggs, 340 pp, £12.95, September 1983, ISBN 0 85634 139 8
  • Right-Wing Women: The Politics of Domesticated Females by Andrea Dworkin
    Women’s Press, 254 pp, £4.95, June 1983, ISBN 0 7043 3907 2
  • Hidden Selves: Between Theory and Practice in Psychoanalysis by Masud Khan
    Hogarth, 204 pp, £12.50, July 1983, ISBN 0 7012 0547 4

How do minds close? Under what series of angers, of single visions, does the deliberate deafness take hold? Not an easy question to answer, since part of the dialectical nightmare of this argument is that the only way a closed mind might be opened is by a mind single-mindedly bent on the task. And you end up with two closed minds, as in a quarrel. It is salutary to reflect how comparatively rare is the expression ‘I don’t know,’ and to admit that arguing with (say) John Wesley, or Bertolt Brecht, or even – to be banal – Roger Scruton, would be a pretty grim business.

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