email Message to Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University

President Roth:

May I share with you an unusual book I wrote titled Significant Moments? It is a historical novel about Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis (and many other things as well). I happened to see you in an old Charlie Rose show, a panel discussion with the late Peter Gay and others about Freud. The text of my book is in the attachment to this email.

Regards,

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC

“He attaches a negative meaning to trivial events.”

The psychologist Bernice Eiduson thought that creative scientists as a group had a heightened sensitivity to experiences that, in her words, are —

“accompanied in thinking by over-alertness to relatively unimportant or tangential aspects of problems. It makes them look for and postulate significance in things which customarily would not be singled out. It encourages highly individualized and even autistic ways of thinking. Were this thinking not in the framework of scientific work, it would be considered paranoid. In scientific work, creative thinking demands seeing things not seen previously, or in ways not previously imagined; and this necessitates jumping off from “normal” positions, and taking risks by departing from reality. The difference between the thinking of the paranoid patient and the scientist comes in the latter’s ability and willingness to test out his fantasies or grandiose conceptualizations through the systems of checks and balances science has established…. One might say that scientific thinking is in a way institutionalized paranoid thinking; it sanctions it not only as proper, but also as the irrational that ultimately promotes the rationality of science.”

email Message to Lawrence Blum, M.D.

Dr. Blum:

May I share with you an unusual novel of Jewish interest that I have recently completed? It is a book titled The Emerald Archive, about a Jewish-Iranian emigre family living in Manhattan. The book is actually a theme and variations. It opens with a three-page prose “theme” that summarizes the plot of the entire book. The remaining 380 pages are a series of poems that function as a collection of variations on the theme. The story unfolds through the poems. The final page, in prose, ties together the themes of the book.

The major characters of my book include a high-earning dental surgeon and his depressive wife, a gay librarian, an accounting student, a stripper, a concert pianist and a Park Avenue psychoanalyst. There are numerous minor characters.

A major inspiration for the structure of my book was the novel As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. The text of the book is at the following link:

https://dailstrug.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/the-emerald-archive3.pdf

Best regards,

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC

email Message to Hans Steiner, M.D.

Dr. Steiner:

Psychological testing has disclosed that I have a personality disorder not otherwise specified with prominent schizoid, avoidant, narcissistic and depressive traits. I thought you might be interested in how I have creatively transformed my psychopathology in a novel I recently completed.

It is a book titled The Emerald Archive, about a Jewish-Iranian emigre family living in Manhattan. The book is actually a theme and variations. It opens with a three-page prose “theme” that summarizes the plot of the entire book. The remaining 380 pages are a series of poems that function as a collection of variations on the theme. The story unfolds through the poems. The final page, in prose, ties together the themes of the book.

The major characters of my book include a high-earning dental surgeon and his depressive wife, a gay librarian, an accounting student, a stripper, a concert pianist and a Park Avenue psychoanalyst. There are numerous minor characters.

The major inspiration for the structure of my book was the novel As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. The text of the book is in the attachment to this email.

Best regards,

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC

email Message to Dr. Mali Mann, psychoanalyst

Dr. Mann:

May I share with you an unusual novel of Jewish interest that I have recently completed? It is a book titled The Emerald Archive, about a Jewish-Iranian emigre family living in Manhattan. The book is actually a theme and variations. It opens with a three-page prose “theme” that summarizes the plot of the entire book. The remaining 380 pages are a series of poems that function as a collection of variations on the theme. The story unfolds through the poems. The final page, in prose, ties together the themes of the book.

The major characters of my book include a high-earning dental surgeon and his depressive wife, a gay librarian, an accounting student, a stripper, a concert pianist and a Park Avenue psychoanalyst. There are numerous minor characters.

A major inspiration for the structure of my book was the novel As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. The text of the book is at the following link:

https://dailstrug.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/the-emerald-archive3.pdf

Best regards,

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC

email Message to Gina Nahai at USC

Ms. Nahai:

May I share with you an unusual novel of Jewish interest that I have recently completed? It is a book titled The Emerald Archive, about a Jewish-Iranian emigre family living in Manhattan. The book is actually a theme and variations. It opens with a three-page prose “theme” that summarizes the plot of the entire book. The remaining 380 pages are a series of poems that function as a collection of variations on the theme. The story unfolds through the poems. The final page, in prose, ties together the themes of the book.

The major characters of my book include a high-earning dental surgeon and his depressive wife, a gay librarian, an accounting student, a stripper, a concert pianist and a Park Avenue psychoanalyst. There are numerous minor characters.

A major inspiration for the structure of my book was the novel As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. The text of the book is in the attachment to this email.

Best regards,

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC