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PSYCHOANALYTIC [and more] CAFE': readings/films/discussions Democratic PSYCHOTHERAPY (+social, +spiritual, etc) for ALL!

We meet and discuss readings, films, art, any material and matter having a psychoanalytic dimension -- and more.
This Meetup group is strictly in-person (no Zoom) and for all people living in or visiting Greater New Orleans.
WE DEDICATE OURSELVES TO AN EXAMINATION OF "ALL THINGS RELIGIOUS" -- mostly in short circles, discussing reading materials, fiction (such as classic literature) and non-fiction ( popular writings or somewhat academic/scholarly publications for a general public). Film/video viewing is also part of the mix.
We attempt to gain a better understanding of the religious/spiritual/transcendental/numinous dimensions in various public and private spheres -- including elements, past and present, in our own lives. No particular set of beliefs or lack thereof is required for membership and participation, only  a genuine curiosity and general tolerance to multiple perspectives. (For some so-called fundamentalists or some so-called militant atheists, this environment might not be a good match. But again ... "might" as in "maybe or maybe not".) Still, the more religious experience, background (and baggage?) in participants, the richer and more grounded our discussions can be.

This being New Orleans, we will start with a focus on Catholicism, via fiction and non-fiction writings (and some films).
The general format of how the group operates is "modular", meaning that we select specific topics from a broad range of general subjects and then spend 1, 2, 3 or more sessions reading, poking around and sharing our reports. ( As friendships are made, it is fair that some discussion sub-groups will be meeting privately and be closed to the general membership.) (It is also fair that Organizers don't allow certain participants to come back, although it is unfortunate.)

Once again, the focus of this group is on reading. There are excellent, outstanding, juicy, approachable, challenging writings out there -- books and articles. Therefore we meet more for the purpose of listening to others than to lecture (and certainly not to preach), but above all else we listen to the texts we have selected and to what they have to say.

On the 1st of each month, we'll publish on this ABOUT page -- and send an Announcement -- a new list of possible readings (and viewing).

Stick around for a while, do your homework, attend discussions and the promise is that it will revolutionize the way you think, understand and communicate about ... ALL THINGS RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL/TRANSCENDENT/NUMINOUS.

Upcoming events (2)

Sun. 1p: we discuss 2014 French film "BLUE ROOM" at Deutsches Haus on Moss St.

Join us Sunday, January 23rd, 1p to 2:15p at the Deutsches Haus, along Bayou St John. Due to Covid, we'll meet outside in the back -- but feel free to step inside for drinks, bathroom, etc. Dress accordingly. Come and leave anytime. Use their free parking in the back.

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We'll discuss the 2014 film "LA CHAMBRE BLEUE/The Blue Room". Directed by and starring Mathieu Amalric, based on a novel by notorious Belgian writer George Simenon. Crime/Romance/Thriller. 1 hour 16 minutes. Rated R. In French with English subtitles. [Critics' approval rating of 87% at Rottentomatoes.com : "The Blue Room proves a sobering study of the dark side of human nature, as well as a coolly assured directorial effort from star and co-writer Mathieu Amalric."]

PLOT: In their blue hotel room, a clandestine couple of two married lovers plan an impossible future, as death shutters their already frail tranquility. Now, the noose tightens more and more around innocents and sinners; but, was there a crime?

TRAILER at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8fKBfaYvcA
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Film is streamable at Amazon.com/primevideo or Youtube.com or iTunes for $4. [ justwatch.com ]

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You must RSVP. No drop-ins. Do change your RSVP to NO if you end up not coming.

For more info, contact Guy Henoumont anytime at[masked] or at [masked]

Sat. Feb. 5 12p: discussion of James Joyce short novel "PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST"

Join us Saturday, February 5th, noon to 1:45p at the Mid-City Gracious Bakery and Cafe' on Norman C. Francis Parkway (they have 3 locations). We'll be inside, outside, or both. We'll discuss the 1916 novel "THE PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN" by James Joyce. About 200 pages.

Wikipedia: "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel of Irish writer James Joyce. A Künstlerroman written in a modernist style, it traces the religious and intellectual awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, Joyce's fictional alter ego, whose surname alludes to Daedalus, Greek mythology's consummate craftsman. Stephen questions and rebels against the Catholic and Irish conventions under which he has grown, culminating in his self-exile from Ireland to Europe. The work uses techniques that Joyce developed more fully in Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939)."
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~~ Used copies of the book at bookfinder.com for under $4 after shipping.
~~ Free PDF of the text [190 pages if you print out] at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/4217/4217-h/4217-h.htm
~~ Free audio versions on Youtube.com, like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2piqzPzzdw

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You must RSVP. No drop-ins. Do change your RSVP to NO if you end up not coming. For all attendees, it is required that you have read at least 2/3 of the book. Attendees may be split into 2 groups.

For more info, contact Guy Henoumont anytime at[masked] or at [masked]

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