New Book: “Misinterest: Essays, Pensees, and Dreams”

Outwardly, Misinterest is concerned with dreams and forgetting and Eros and soaring dogs and groups and suicidal suburban teenagers and sex and jury duty and Nazis and fathers and hatred and holy parrots and fundamentalists and plagues and other things that may or may not be interesting. Ultimately, however, it seeks, like Jules Renard, “en restant exact” [...]

New Study to be Published in Journal of Genetic Psychology

"Severe Social Withdrawal: Cultural Variation in Past Hikikomori Experiences of University Students in Nigeria, Singapore, and the US" will appear in 2020. Hikikomori (social withdrawal that lasts six months or longer) is a growing problem among Japanese adolescents and young adults with recent estimates that approximately 1% of Japanese youth will suffer from an episode [...]

Just published: “Activity, Speech, and Change: Progressive Politics and Regressive Fantasies”

Published 28 March 2019, in Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. Read the full-text article here: This essay examines convictions about the importance of speech and activity with reference to an ideal of change, where change may be understood in at least two ways: first, as a process by which persons or things become new or [...]

“Ideologies of Experience” (2016) Reviewed as part of “Second Generation” of Montaigne Scholarship

In the latest (2019) issue of "Montaigne Studies," my work on the meaning of experience was reviewed and classed as part of a second wave or "second generation" of political theoretical criticism of the Renaissance humanism, modernism, and naturalism exemplified by the French essayist Michel de Montaigne. You can read the article here.

In Press: “The Destroyed World and the Guilty Self: A Psychoanalytic Study of Politics and Culture” (Phoenix, 2019)

In this book, to be released by Phoenix in the Spring/Summer of 2019 by Phoenix Publishing House, David P. Levine and I continue our exploration of cultural and political trends organized around the conviction that the world we live in is a dangerous place to be, that it is dominated by hate and destruction, and that [...]

Hikikomori and Severe Social Withdrawal in the Age of Connectivity: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, ed. [Working Title] (Forthcoming, Phoenix, 2021)

I have been commissioned by Phoenix Publishing House (formerly Karnac Books) to edit a scholarly volume comprising psychoanalytic studies of the phenomenon known in Japan (but emergent all over the world) as hikikomori, or severe social withdrawal / shut-in syndrome, which afflicts individuals for periods extending up to several years.  I have studied hikikomori, isolation, [...]