An airport is a funny thing, one that gives you access to other places but is not much of a place itself. But its underlying character has changed dramatically in the last few decades. If the glamour and hope of flying off for a visit or a new life still cling to the terminals, the airport has become a hub for the workaday circulation of goods at a global level.
This has been peculiarly true since the global downturn of manufacturing in the seventies. In April 1973, Federal Express delivered its first package; four decades later, FedEx has the fourth-largest fleet in existence. By freight it is the biggest airline in the world. At Oakland International, my local airport, the FedEx hangar and logistics hub crouches independent of the two modest passenger terminals, a behemoth with the gravity of a planet. It’s their world; we’re just living in it.
First published in German in 1990, Klaus Theweleit's Object-Choice (All you need is love) was translated by Malcolm Green and published by Verso in 1994.
Written between the first and second volumes of Theweleit's Book of Kings series, Object-Choice is a wide-ranging consideration of love-marriage and the categories of object choice Freud developed in the 1914 text "On Narcissism." "Freud names four types of female object-choice," Theweleit writes:
which, on closer inspection, all amount to being of particular benefit to the man with whom they are associated. I say "the man" here deliberately, because I hope to show that Freud himself is this man. He devises a model of female love-choices which is tailored to the kinds of women with whom he was associated in the course of his private and institutional life. They are patients; they are women who became psychoanalysts under him; they are his wife and his sisters; and they are his daughters for whose psycho-sexual development Freud in 1914 devises this model (and it is his daughter Anna who will later be a match for this model). For each of these categories of women there is a specific sort of satisfaction resulting from the type of object-choice foreseen for them; and every type of choice contains something that is of benefit to Freud's life work, for the foundation and maintenance of the psychoanalytic state.
The book is divided into two sections. The first considers models of obejct choice generally and in relation to a variety of case studies. The second is a "Fragment of a Freud Biography," from which the excerpt below was drawn.
Minna Bernays, Martha Bernays Freud, and Sigmund Freud, 1929.
In the beginning was — ? A sweet girl: Martha is mine, the sweet girl, of whom everyone speaks to me with great admiration, who captivated me from our first meeting, however much I resisted —
— the first meeting was two months earlier. It is June 1882, Martha Bernays and Sigmund Freud are newly engaged, but separated; the post travels back and forth between Vienna and Wandsbek near Hamburg. This is the fiancé's first letter, 19 June 1882, to be followed by fifteen hundred others until the process of “object-choice” is concluded in 1886.
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