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  1. November 1, 2013

    The time taken to fill a bath

    All this striving; what’s the point? It was Sunday morning and I had the place to myself all day. I had plans all right –...

  2. October 11, 2013

    ‘Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900’

    The detail was all-important. In 1900s Vienna, while Sigmund Freud fretted over the slip of a tongue and Adolf Loos designed...

  1. October 4, 2013

    Lucian Freud and his complicated relationship with Vienna

    Writers on Lucian Freud like to compare his work, particularly his early graphic work, to German painting of the 1920s and...

  2. September 15, 2013

    Hysteria, Hampstead Theatre, London – review

    Farce and psychoanalysis don’t often inhabit a sentence together, never mind a stage, but they both draw on the concealment...

  3. August 20, 2013

    Exultant Strangeness: Graham Sutherland Landscapes, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Cumbria, UK – review

    Artists whose reputations the gods wish to destroy are, often, first made Golden Boys. Graham Sutherland, good-looking,...

  4. February 19, 2013

    Keaton Henson, Freud Museum, London

    The patient, a young singer-songwriter – call him Keaton H – suffers debilitating anxiety attacks. Stage fright made it...

  5. July 3, 2012

    Peter Blake and Pop Music, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

    The 29-year-old Peter Blake looks sober enough, standing erect in a suburban English garden and gazing out at us with solemn...

  6. June 8, 2012

    Turning the tables

    I was having a day off being a good person. I had that odd sense of dissatisfaction that I was not wearing sprigged muslin,...

  7. May 18, 2012

    New word order

    When I first moved to France 11 years ago, intending to make my career as a novelist, I spoke barely a word of French. And,...

  8. April 13, 2012

    Oh dear, my dad is following me

    Football games in the Edinburgh boys clubs’ under-12s second division were, I’ll now admit, less important than those in the...

  9. March 2, 2012

    Surface tensions

    Some have complained that David Cronenberg’s film A Dangerous Method , about the triangular relationship between Sigmund...

  10. February 17, 2012

    Adriatic abyss

    Trieste, by Dasa Drndic, translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac, Maclehose Press, RRP £20, 358 pages This is a quite appallingly...

  11. February 10, 2012

    Specimens of humanity

    Lucian Freud Portraits at London’s National Portrait Gallery was always going to be a blockbuster and a revelation, in its...

  12. February 10, 2012

    Viggo Mortensen

    When Viggo Mortensen walks into the Soho hotel room where I’m waiting for him, I have this strange feeling of being taken...

  13. November 25, 2011

    Culture corner: What Keira wore next ...

    Fashion doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Just as social movements and moods influence what appears on the catwalk, so too does...

  14. November 15, 2011

    Q&A: Laurence Parisot, president of Medef

    Laurence Parisot has been the president of Medef, the French employers’ union, since 2005. She holds a master’s degree in...

  15. August 12, 2011

    Jigsaw puzzles… with the FT: Rebecca Adlington

    Rebecca Adlington tells me her life story: “I always loved swimming. I learnt to swim when I was four. Did my school, did...

  16. August 3, 2011

    China crashes into a middle class revolt

    When a student asked Sigmund Freud about the meaning of his cigar-smoking habit, the Austrian psychoanalyst is said to have...

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    May 20, 2011

    Further reading: from DSK to dal

    Opinions on the IMF succession – from the FT leader writers and Sigmund Freud; water shortages in Africa and Indian...

  18. December 30, 2010

    Old slang’s time

    Illustration by James Ferguson based on a Thomas Bewick woodcut The other day, I was standing outside a Turkish restaurant...

  19. August 13, 2010

    C

    C, by Tom McCarthy, Jonathan Cape, RRP£16.99, 320 pages In his “Lecture to the English on Futurism”, given in London in...

  20. July 8, 2010

    Surrender of sovereignty will save euro

    Einstein (l) to Freud: ‘clear beyond all doubt’ From Dr Ernst Steindorff. Sir, Peter Sutherland’s excellent article “Radical...

  21. February 27, 2010

    Receptacles of the subconscious

    Cellars and attics are seen as warehouses of memory and neglect The cellar, writes the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard,...

  22. November 30, 2009

    An era of money, minds and Trotsky The story of a family and an era

    Mary-Kay Wilmers' book is subtitled A 20th-Century Story . It is also a family story, and a Jewish story. From her mother's...

  23. November 12, 2009

    Your company on the couch

    Larry Gould is a psychoanalyst on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He sees patients in a consulting room complete with the...

  24. August 19, 2009

    Freud's Last Session

    "God Is Back" trumpets the title of a recent book by two editors of The Economist. John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge...

  25. August 18, 2009

    Freud’s Last Session, Pittsfield, Massachussetts

    “God Is Back” trumpets the title of a recent book by two editors of The Economist. John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge...

  26. August 15, 2009

    The UK Schools Memory Championships

    Young finalists try to take in their lists of words, numbers, invented dates and binary sequences A few years ago,...

  27. July 4, 2009

    Casting around

    Is Gordon Brown in denial? Sigmund Freud's amateur heirs were busy at Westminster this week trying to get inside the mind...

  28. January 31, 2009

    Viennese whirl

    It is almost 100 years since one of the most celebrated encounters of the 20th century. Troubled by his relationship with...

  29. January 31, 2009

    The Philharmonia explores the subconscious

    It is almost 100 years since one of the most celebrated encounters of the 20th century. Troubled by his relationship with...

  30. November 10, 2008

    Misfits, mystics and mafiosi

    The Little Book By Selden Edwards Abacus £11.99, 405 pages FT Bookshop price: £9.59 Rumi: The Fire of Love By Nahal...

  31. November 8, 2008

    Misfits, mystics and mafiosi

    Enid Blyton wrote more than 600 books in 40 years. Barbara Cartland chalked up 20 in a single year. Some writers, however,...

  32. August 16, 2008

    Stories: The Road To Restitution - Part 1

    Ten years ago this week, on the hottest day of a sweaty New York summer, an excited crowd gathered around a courthouse in...

  33. August 15, 2008

    The road to restitution

    Ten years ago this week, on the hottest day of a sweaty New York summer, an excited crowd gathered around a courthouse in...

  34. July 22, 2008

    Southwold on the couch

    Something odd happens when it is announced that Gordon Brown and his family are to take their holiday in a small, English...

  35. July 21, 2008

    Southwold on the couch

    Something odd happens when it is announced that Gordon Brown and his family are to take their holiday in a small, English...

  36. March 29, 2008

    The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

    Almeida Theatre, London N1 With Easter fresh in the mind, the Almeida Theatre and Headlong theatre company present the...

  37. March 29, 2008

    Revolution in Mind

    Revolution in Mind: The Creation of Psychoanalysis By George Makari Duckworth £25, 624 pages FT bookshop price £20 Was...

  38. February 23, 2008

    Small Talk - Lisa Appignanesi

    Lisa Appignanesi was born in Poland in 1946 and brought up in Paris and Montreal. In the 1980s she was deputy director of...

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