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I still dream of Orgonon...



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich#Orgone_accumulators_and_cloudbusters

KATE: The last song is called "Cloudbusting," and this was inspired by a book that I first found on a shelf nearly nine years ago... It was just calling me from the shelf, and when I read it I was very moved by the magic of it. It's about a special relationship between a young son and his father. The book was written from a child's point of view. His father is everything to him; he is the magic in his life, and he teaches him everything, teaching him to be open-minded and not to build up barriers. His father has built a machine that can make it rain, a "cloudbuster"; and the son and his father go out together cloudbusting. They point big pipes up into the sky, and they make it rain. The song is very much taking a comparison with a yo-yo that glowed in the dark and which was given to the boy by a best friend. It was really special to him; he loved it. But his father believed in things having positive and negative energy, and that fluorescent light was a very negative energy - as was the material they used to make glow-in-the-dark toys then - and his father told him he had to get rid of it, he wasn't allowed to keep it. But the boy, rather than throwing it away, buried it in the garden, so that he would placate his father but could also go and dig it up occasionally and play with it. It's a parallel in some ways between how much he loved the yo-yo - how special it was - and yet how dangerous it was considered to be. He loved his father (who was perhaps considered dangerous by some people); and he loved how he could bury his yo-yo and retrieve it whenever he wanted to play with it. But there's nothing he can do about his father being taken away, he is completely helpless. But it's very much more to do with how the son does begin to cope with the whole loneliness and pain of being without his father. It is the magic moments of a relationship through a child's eyes, but told by a sad adult. (1985, KBC 18)

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kekhmet
Jun. 11th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Years ago (late 1980s) my then-boyfriend became fascinated with Wilhelm Reich and decided to attempt to build an orgone accumulator. So for quite a while we had in our apartment a very large box - big enough for a human to sit inside of - made from plywood (which he had intended to line with appropriate metal, but I can't recall if he ever sourced the metal sheets or not now). I have some photos of Theo and Kekhmet sitting on top of it (as cats are wont to do)
hotel_noir
Jun. 11th, 2009 07:33 am (UTC)
I love Reich. He takes Freud and makes everything just that little bit too literal in a madly optimistic way.

Freud: People have various sexual tensions as a result of infantile repressions and the best we can do is talk to them about their childhood, repeat the history and thus the experiences in a controlled environment, and try through this reworking to release these blocks
Reich: No, why talk, lets directly manipulate the patients erogenous zones until they get over their sexual neuroses, it'll be much faster
Freud: There is a kind of fund of mental energy that drives us and it's intrinsically sexual
Reich: It's an orgasm energy and you can trap it in a box or use it to blow clouds up
Freud: Society by its nature necessitates repression and is intrinsically a source of discord with regard to the individual
Reich: Solution = Sexually liberated communism

While Reich is a madly poetic and romantic figure, the essence of his character is that he totally lacks a sense of poetry or metaphor, he's madly literal and reads Freud as a physical scientist - exactly how Freud wanted to be read but then taken that step too far. Arguably Reich is to Freud as Hitler is to Nietzsche.
tuv23
Jun. 11th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)
Kate rocks and Reich is a highly entertaining madman.
ext_194996
Jun. 21st, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
oooooooooooooookatebush
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