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message 1: by Kalliope (new)

Kalliope You are guilt-ridden for not having finished Mobby Dick and hope the badgers will save you.

I, on the other hand, had great difficult in finishing Freud's book...


message 2: by Warwick (new)

Warwick This is disturbingly plausible!


message 3: by Jim (new)

Jim I think you're remembering a Monty Python sketch, circa 1971....

or maybe the badger represents your father and the tandem bicycle with Ahab is a repressed memory of the time when you were 6 years old and you saw mommy kissing Santa Claus... I'll have to check my Dream Encyclopedia, and my Penguin edition of Sophocles to confirm....


message 4: by Warwick (new)

Warwick That is a suitably Freudian interpretation, Jim…I'm convinced.


message 5: by Antonomasia (last edited Aug 23, 2018 08:52AM) (new)

Antonomasia Strangely topical, especially for a post from 2012!

I don't know whether this was a dream that happened, or comic writing, but I'm always amazed that some people can remember such detail about art created in dreams, and rather envious of it.


message 6: by Manny (last edited Aug 23, 2018 09:00AM) (new)

Manny Is it possible that someone has been badgering you about your inability to finish this book, and that you have come to feel that doing so would be a kind of badge of literary merit?

As it happens, I also had an extraordinarily Freudian dream last night. I was directing and starring in an obscure play by Robert Graves, where I could not remember most of my lines but found that the stage directions repeatedly forced me to kiss male members of the cast in an embarrassingly passionate manner. After having done this several times, the play somehow turned into a chess game where an ill-advised exchange of queens had ruined my pawn structure.

For the play, I blame the performance of But It Still Goes On that we watched last month, but I'm not sure where the chess game comes from. My subconscious is terribly fond of chess.


message 7: by Jim (last edited Aug 23, 2018 09:09AM) (new)

Jim Manny wrote: "As it happens, I also had an extraordinarily Freudian dream last night. I was directing and starring in an obscure play by Robert Graves, where I could not remember most of my lines but found that the stage directions repeatedly forced me to kiss male members of the cast in an embarrassingly passionate manner...."

Did the male cast members have higher FIDE rankings than you? It could be about ambition....


message 8: by Manny (new)

Manny I am afraid I can't remember anyone's rating. I have told FIDE that they need to start including dream games on their ranking site.


message 9: by Matt (new)

Matt So you dream about rewriting a book which has the word "Dick" in its title, in which there are no seamen (semen) hunting a naked whale, but lumberjacks hunting for a fur-bearing mammal. Interesting :)


message 10: by Manny (new)

Manny Hey, sometimes a dick is just a cigar.


message 11: by Matt (new)

Matt I'm not sure Freud would agree.


message 12: by Warwick (new)

Warwick @Antonomasia, it never usually happens to me! Normally I can't remember anything. I'm assuming I ate something weird…

@Manny, you make a compelling case. By the same token, your own dream is clearly an expression of sublimated homoeroticism, where you yourself are one of the hastily-exchanged ‘queens’…

@Matt, well at least it wasn't a beaver I suppose. Presumably if you *actually* dream about penises and vaginas, a Freudian would tell you that it's a disguised expression of your longing for retractable pencils and pipe-smoking.


message 13: by Manny (new)

Manny Warwick wrote: "@Manny, you make a compelling case. By the same token, your own dream is clearly an expression of sublimated homoeroticism, where you yourself are one of the hastily-exchanged ‘queens’… "

It's a fair cop. As Reuben Fine pointed out in The Psychology of the Chess Player, chess is just a thinly disguised oedipal drama where the player tries to kill the king, if possible by mating with the queen.


message 14: by Glenn (new)

Glenn Russell Recall that scene where Ahab comes on deck and tells the crew this isn't a voyage of gathering whale blubber but a voyage of revenge.

So what is your rewrite of Moby-Dick really about? As a friend of mine who is a Jungian would ask: "What were your feelings as you composed your rewrite? What were your feelings about a badger standing in for a white whale?


message 15: by Cecily (last edited Aug 29, 2018 02:20PM) (new)

Cecily Maybe you should pair this with Captain Pugwash: A Pirate Story and all the lewd characters therein?


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