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What makes a good listener? There are a number of commonsensical ideas about what constitutes doing it well — patience, tolerance, availability, responsiveness, lack of moral judgement — but is it really so simple? Is it a skill one can easily learn or more of a quirk or talent? And why do some people seem to be so much better at it than others?
Written by a psychoanalyst and a violin maker, Uneasy Listening is a dialogue between two very different kinds of professional listener: the former working with speech, the latter with musical instruments. Beginning as total strangers, Anouchka Grose and Robert Brewer Young embark on an engaging, entertaining, and winding meditation on communication that weaves together wide-ranging references from across psychoanalytic theory, philosophy, contemporary politics and culture. As they discuss the differences, similarities, and resonances between their practices, they run up against some of the illuminating difficulties of dialogue itself. The result is a kind of awkward duet in which two thinkers and practitioners accommodate, interrupt, and perplex each other in an attempt to say something about what listening means.
About the Authors
Anouchka Grose is a British-Australian Lacanian psychoanalyst and writer practising in South East London. She is a member of The College of Psychoanalysts The Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, where she regularly lectures. She has been working one-to-one since 2003. Before that she ran writing workshops for people experiencing mental health difficulties.
Robert Brewer Young is a violinmaker, photographer and lecturer in the fields of non-classical logic, geometry, philosophical practice and craft. He completed a B.F.A in filmmaking and photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, mentored by Henry Wessel and Ansel Adam’s assistant, Pirkle Jones. After photographing the aftermaths of the Central European revolutions in the late 1980’s and early 90’s he studied philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York. There he completed an M.A., studying with Reiner Schürmann, Dmitri Nikulin, Agnes Heller and Jacques Derrida. He also worked briefly at the Benares Hindu University in India, investigating the Advaita roots of Schopenhauer’s philosophy.
About the Publisher
MACK is an independent art and photography publishing house based in London. Mack works with established and emerging artists, writers and curators, and cultural institutions, releasing between 20-25 books per year. The publisher was founded in 2010 in London by Michael Mack.