This attitude of ours towards death has a powerful effect on our lives. Life is impoverished, it loses interest, when the highest stakes in the game of living, life itself, may not be risked. It becomes as shallow and empty as, let us say, an American flirtation, in which it is understood from the first that nothing is to happen, as contrasted with the Continental love-affair in which both partners must constantly bear its serious consequences in mind.
—Sigmund Freud, Thoughts for the Times on War and Death
My friend Jamieson Webster has just written a fine book, The Life And Death of Psychoanalysis. She will, accordingly, be hosting a funeral for the discipline near the Gowanus canal. I will be one of the eulogists. Please come. Wear appropriate funeral attire. Details here.