Everybody: A Book about Freedom

Everybody: A Book about Freedom

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 The body is a source of pleasure and of pain, at once hopelessly vulnerable and radiant with power. In her ambitious, brilliant sixth book, Olivia Laing charts an electrifying course through the long struggle for bodily freedom, using the life of the renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich to explore gay rights and sexual liberation, feminism, and the civil rights movement.

Drawing on her own experiences in protest and alternative medicine, and traveling from Weimar Berlin to the prisons of Joseph McCarthy’s America, Laing grapples with some of the most significant and complicated figures of the past century—among them Nina Simone, Christopher Isherwood, Andrea Dworkin, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, and Malcolm X. Arriving at a moment in which basic bodily rights are once again imperiled, Everybody is an investigation into the forces arranged against freedom and a celebration of how ordinary human bodies can resist oppression and reshape the world.

Title:Everybody: A Book about Freedom
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393608779
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    Everybody: A Book about Freedom Reviews

  • Diane S ?

    Laing is such a fabulous writer, not only are these essays interesting but they also teach, empathize and she always leave some wanting more. In these she uses Wilhelm Reich to tie these essays togeth...

  • Paul Ataua

    I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring – David Bowie.I am always reminded of the Bowie quote whenever I start reading anything by Olivia Laing. She starts in one pl...

  • Ari Levine

    The self-indulgence and indiscipline are strong here... Crudo was not an isolated event....

  • fatma

    I'm not sure why this book didn't work for me like The Lonely City did. From what I'd read of its synopsis, Everybody seemed like it was poised to be a new favourite--a series of essays exploring the ...

  • Reece Carter

    I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book.Everybody takes a Foucaultian look at arenas of major sociopolitical action over the last century, always circling back to the central role tha...

  • Sarah Schulman

    Everybody is a riveting and fascinating innovative historiography of 20th century Euro-American radical thought. Olivia Laing's eagle eye connects previously dispersed impulses to understand and expre...

  • Anya

    This is a fascinating book. What is it about though? So much: politics, racism, socialism, fascism, feminism, misogyny, sexuality, as told through the stories of prominent twentieth century figures an...

  • Cheryl

    I've loved everything I've read by Olivia Laing. The way she can draw connections between artist and thinkers across genres and eras is dazzling. "Everybody" is an insightful and lucid examination of ...

  • Bonnie Wroe

    Reading Olivia Laing is luxurious. Eloquent without being pretentious, educational but in an incredibly readable, storytelling way. I really savoured this one to make it last as long as poss....

  • Brynn

    "The inner world, she thought, was far more fluid and changeable than the body in which it's housed. She tried to invent a better design: perhaps a body made of gas or cloud, so that it could expand, ...