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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Lisa Appignanesi. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Lisa Appignanesi, often where they are interviewed.

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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Lisa Appignanesi. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Lisa Appignanesi, often where they are interviewed.

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#100: Susan Sontag’s life, with Lisa Appignanesi

The Prospect Interview
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Critic and novelist Susan Sontag commanded postwar American intellectual life, capturing many minds with her sharp insights on photography, cinema, philosophy, literature, and more. A new biography by Benjamin Moser maps the life of the leading public intellectual. But does it focus on the right things?


Prize-winning writer Lisa Appignanesi OBE joins the Prospect podcast’s 100th episode to talk about the life and work of Susan Sontag—as well as her own experiences meeting the commanding intellectual.

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Sep 25 2019

26mins

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Lisa Appignanesi

Private Passions
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Memory, desire, madness: these are the themes that fascinate Lisa Appignanesi and that she’s explored over the last forty years in novels, in memoirs, and in prize-winning books such as “Mad, Bad and Sad”, a history of women and mind doctors. Lisa Appignanesi is the Chair of the Royal Society of Literature and a former President of English PEN, an organisation which campaigns for free speech. She’s written about cabaret, about Proust and fin-de-siecle Paris, about Simone de Beauvoir, about Freud, and about her own troubled search for identity.

In Private Passions she tells Michael Berkeley about her childhood in Poland, where she was born Elżbieta Borensztejn, and about the way identities in her family were always shifting, “always there for the making”. She reflects on the power of the dead to haunt us, expressed by Monteverdi in his opera Orfeo, and admires the strength of singers Bessie Smith and Lotte Lenya, alongside music choices such as Mozart's ’The Marriage of Figaro’, Laurie Anderson, and Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’.

Produced by Elizabeth Burke
A Loftus Production for BBC Radio 3

Jan 27 2019

27mins

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Lisa Appignanesi and Lara Feigel: Everyday Madness

London Review Bookshop Podcast
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After the death of her partner of thirty-two years, Lisa Appignanesi was thrust into a state striated by rage and superstition in which sanity felt elusive. In Everyday Madness (4th Estate) Appignanesi explores her own and society’s experience of grieving, the effects of loss and the potent, mythical space it occupies in our lives. Appignanesi was in conversation with Lara Feigel, author of Free Woman (Bloomsbury).  

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Jan 02 2019

54mins

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Everyday Madness: Lisa Appignanesi in conversation with Adam Phillips

Freud Museum London: Psychoanalysis Podcasts
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Lisa Appignanesi discusses her new book, Everyday Madness: on Grief, Anger, Loss and Love (September 2018) with Adam Phillips.

‘The small translucent bottle of shampoo outlived him. It was the kind you take home from hotels in distant places. For over a year it had sat on the shower shelf where he had left it. I looked at it every day.”

After the death of her partner of thirty-two years, Lisa Appignanesi was thrust into a state striated by rage and superstition in which sanity felt elusive. The dead of prior generations loomed large and haunting. Then, too, the cultural and political moment seemed to collude with her condition: everywhere people were dislocated and angry.

In this electrifying and brave examination of an ordinary enough death and its aftermath, Appignanesi uses all her evocative and analytic powers to scrutinize her own and our society’s experience of grieving, the effects of loss and the potent, mythical space it occupies in our lives.

With searing honesty, lashed by humour, she navigates us onto the terrain of childhood, the way it forms our feelings of love and hate, and steers us towards a less tumultuous version of the everyday.

This book may be short, but life, death, madness, love, and grandchildren, are all there seen through the eyes of a writer who is ever aware of the historical and current vagaries of woman’s condition.

Everyday Madness: on Grief, Anger, Loss and Love is available from the Freud Museum Shop.

‘Appignanesi luminously conveys the wayward emotions that make bereavement a language that is hard to understand, yet speaks to us every day when we experience a great loss. You will find all of life in this rewarding, scholarly and entertaining conversation about freedom, Freud, fury, enduring love, and how mythic and modern families haunt each other’Deborah Levy

‘Wonderful, moving, extraordinary. It is sui generis. I feel enormously privileged to have read it – twice. Its structure is remarkable – an enacting of the last two years. Bravo bravo’Edmund de Waal

Lisa Appignanesi has been a university lecturer in European Studies and was Chair of the Freud Museum London. Her works of non-fiction include ‘Freud’s Women’ (with John Forrester), a biographical portrait of Simone de Beauvoir, and a history of cabaret. She has edited ‘The Rushdie File’ and a number of books on contemporary culture, as well as producing various films for television. Lisa Appignanesi lives in London with her two children.

Adam Phillips is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Observer and the New York Times, and he is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations. His most recent book is In Writing and he recently curated an exhibition, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined, at the Barbican, London.

Dec 17 2018

44mins

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Freud's Women Lisa Appignanesi in conversation with Susie Orbach

Freud Museum London: Psychoanalysis Podcasts
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Despite Freud’s traditional views on women, psychoanalysis was one of the first professions to open its doors to them. Feminists past and present may have contested Freud’s ever-changing understandings of femininity. They have also elaborated on them. In this discussion, Lisa Appignanesi co-author of the now classic Freud’s Women and psychoanalyst Susie Orbach, founder of the Women’s Therapy Centre and author of that perennial bestseller Fat is A Feminist Issue explore what women past and present have contributed to psychoanalysis.Freud's Women is held in conjunction with the Freud Museum London's winter exhibition, So This is the Strong Sex, Early Women Psychoanalysts.ABOUT THE SPEAKERSLisa Appignanesi is Chair of the Royal Society of Literature and the Man Booker International Prize. Her many books include Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors and Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness.Susie Orbach is a leading psychoanalyst. Amongst her many books are Bodies and In Therapy. Founder of the Women's Therapy Centre and the Women's Therapy Centre Institute, Susie has recently received the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Jun 15 2018

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In Therapy: Susie Orbach and Lisa Appignanesi

London Review Bookshop Podcast
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To celebrate the publication of In Therapy: The Unfolding Story (Profile/Wellcome Collection), Susie Orbach was in conversation with Lisa Appignanesi. In this new updated edition, Orbach, who The New York Times called the 'most famous psychotherapist to have set up couch in Britain since Sigmund Freud' explores what goes on in the process of therapy through a series of dramatized case studies.  

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Feb 13 2018

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Siri Hustvedt and Lisa Appignanesi

London Review Bookshop Podcast
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'Americans don’t actually believe in death.' Siri Hustvedt and Lisa Appignanesi were in conversation in the bookshop. Hustvedt's latest collection of essays on art, sex and psychology, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women, is published by Sceptre; Prospect magazine, reviewing the volume, called her 'a writer of blazing intelligence and curiosity'. Lisa Appignanesi's Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness was published in 2014.  

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Sep 25 2017

59mins

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Ferrante Fever: Ann Goldstein, Joanna Biggs, Lisa Appignanesi and Alex Clark

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Elena Ferrante's translator, Ann Goldstein, was joined by Joanna Biggs, Lisa Appignanesi and Alex Clark to discuss the appeal and mystery of the enigmatic Italian author.  

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Oct 02 2015

45mins

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A Conversation with Lisa Appignanesi OBE

Mansfield College
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The fourth in our lecture series for Michaelmas Term 2014, given in the JCR at Mansfield College by Lisa Appignanesi OBE-- Prize-winning writer, novelist, cultural commentator; co-editor of Fifty Shades of Feminism. Lisa Appignanesi OBE is also Visiting Professor, King's College London.

Feb 03 2015

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A Conversation with Lisa Appignanesi OBE

Mansfield College
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The fourth in our lecture series for Michaelmas Term 2014, given in the JCR at Mansfield College by Lisa Appignanesi OBE-- Prize-winning writer, novelist, cultural commentator; co-editor of Fifty Shades of Feminism. Lisa Appignanesi OBE is also Visiting Professor, King's College London.

Feb 03 2015

1hr 23mins

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