Wed, 10 July 2019

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Adam Phillips In Conversation

with Matthew d'Ancona


The Tabernacle (off Portobello Road)

35 Powis Square, London

W11 2AY

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An evening of luminous insight from Adam Phillips, one of Britain’s foremost psychoanalysts and an essayist ‘whom it is a pleasure simply to hear think’ (Sunday Telegraph).

He is one of the most beloved and influential British intellectuals of our age – with fans including Zadie Smith, John Banville, and Jonathan Safran Foer. Heralded as “the Martin Amis of psychoanalysis” (Times), Adam Phillips is a polymath able to unsettle our thinking about ourselves and the world, offering rich, illuminating and unexpected clarity on the great themes of human life: from love to forgetting, boredom to happiness, family to failure.

Now Adam Phillips joins the How To Academy for a conversation with Matthew d’Ancona ranging widely through the human psyche. Adam will attend, in particular, to the tricky concept of attention – how we spent it, and what it says about us. He’ll reveal why what we find of interest may tell us more than we think…

Adam says: ‘Everything depends on what, if anything, we find interesting: on what we are encouraged and educated to find interesting, and what we find ourselves being interested in despite ourselves. There is our official curiosity and our unofficial curiosity (and psychoanalysis is a story about the relationship between the two) . . .’

Praise for Adam Phillips:

The best living essayist writing in English.’ – John Gray

Reading Phillips, you may be amused, vexed, dazzled. But the one thing you will never be is bored.’ – Observer

“Phillipsian” would evoke a vivid, paradoxical style that led you to think that you had picked up an idea by the head, only to find you were holding it by the tail.’ – Guardian

‘He is perhaps single-handedly continuing the tradition of the world’s best essayists.’ – Observer

‘Phillips radiates infectious charm. The brew of gaiety, compassion, exuberance and idealism is heady and disarming’ – Sunday Times