Michelle Huneven & Mona Simpson muse upon love's complexity with psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas.
Love: Three Perspectives—Two Novels and a PsychoanalystLos Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium (630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071, United States) Map it Free
Love—that elusive, enigmatic emotional experience that humans have been trying to comprehend since the beginning of time—is examined during a conversation between psychoanalyst and theorist, Dr. Christopher Bollas, and two authors whose recent novels both deal with the topic: Michelle Huneven (Off Course) and Mona Simpson (Casebook). In discussing the characters in their respective novels whose struggles to forge lasting connections see them embodying and evoking love in very different ways, the authors muse upon the moral complexities of the multi-faceted emotion. From our basic, primal needs to more mature, selfless incarnations of love as a form of companionship, the dialogue addresses the question as to whether fantasy, projections, and patterns can be defied in a more adult experience of deep, "true" love. The speakers also probe into what it is that renders intelligent, thoughtful people so powerless in the face of love when they fall under its spell and lose their way, disoriented and "blinded" by love to such an extent they sometimes end up compromising their convictions.
Michelle Huneven is the author of three previous novels: Blame, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Jamesland, and Round Rock.
Mona Simpson’s novels include My Hollywood, A Regular Guy, Off Keck Road, The Lost Father and Anywhere But Here. Her work has been recognized with numerous prizes, including the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize, the Whiting Writer’s Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Most recently, she was the recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and letters. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, Harpers, The Atlantic, McSweeney’s and The Paris Review.
Christopher Bollas, Ph.D., is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies and Honorary Member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) in New York. Among his books are Catch Them Before They Fall (The Psychoanalysis of Breakdown) and The Christopher Bollas Reader, with forward by Adam Phillips.