Staff Recommendations from Elliott Bay

On Balance by Adam Phillips (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)

Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has written an intriguing series of essays on excess and desire. How do we find “balance”—that fine art of walking the tightrope of having our desire(s) without tumbling into excess. Phillips brilliantly ranges over this theme through his use of case studies and all forms of art (literary and visual), arriving at some illuminating insights along the way. The question of what is too much could in fact qualify as one of the essential questions of our existence, I think. Pick up Phillips’s book and engage in an examination of this idea. –Greg

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