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I am calm, certain in my thoughts, and doing mathematics most of the time. I am kind of "above things," fully aware of what is up. Do not worry too much about me, though anything might happen. I know, Pete, that you are strong and decent. At first I thought that you should not visit me here. I do not know. With the world in turmoil I now feel that a boy your age should experience what is coming his way—fully digest it without getting a "belly ache," so to speak, nor getting off the right track of truth, fact, honesty, fair play, and being above board— never a sneak He applied for a presidential pardon in May, to no avail.
Peter visited him in jail several times, where one prisoner said Reich was known as the "flying saucer guy" and the "Sex Box man. A parole hearing had been scheduled for a few days before that date. He wrote that he and Peter had a date for a meal at the Howard Johnson restaurant near Peter's school. Reich failed to appear for morning roll call on 3 November and was found at 7 a. The prison doctor said he had died during the night of "myocardial insufficiency with sudden heart failure.
He had left instructions that there was to be no religious ceremony, but that a record should be played of Schubert's "Ave Maria" sung by Marian Anderson , and that his granite headstone should read simply: "Wilhelm Reich, Born March 24, , Died Time magazine wrote on 18 November Wilhelm Reich, 60, once-famed psychoanalyst, associate and follower of Sigmund Freud, founder of the Wilhelm Reich Foundation, lately better known for unorthodox sex and energy theories; of a heart attack; in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary, Pa; where he was serving a two-year term for distributing his invention, the "orgone energy accumulator" in violation of the Food and Drug Act , a telephone-booth-size device that supposedly gathered energy from the atmosphere, and could cure, while the patient sat inside, common colds, cancer, and impotence.
Reception and legacy.
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In psychoanalysis. The psychologist Luis Cordon writes that Reich's slide from medical and scientific respectability concluded with the consensus inside and outside the psychoanalytic community that he was at best a crackpot, and at worst was suffering from a serious illness. Sandor Rado — had Reich as an analysand in and later declared him schizophrenic "in the most serious way.
According to Sharaf, psychoanalysts tended to dismiss as ill anyone from within the fold who had transgressed, and this was never done so relentlessly as with Reich. His work was split into the pre-psychotic "good" and the post-psychotic "bad," the date of the illness's onset depending on which parts of his work a speaker disliked. Psychoanalysts preferred to see him as sane in the s because of his work on character, while political radicals regarded him as sane during the s because of his Marxist-oriented research.
Despite Reich's precarious mental health, his work on character and the idea of muscular armouring contributed to the development of what is now known as ego psychology , gave rise to body psychotherapy , and helped to shape the Gestalt therapy of Fritz Perls — , the bioenergetic analysis of Reich's student, Alexander Lowen — , and the primal therapy of Arthur Janov b. In the humanities and popular culture.
His early psychoanalytic work, his writing about fascism, and his later writings about orgonomy influenced several generations of intellectuals, including the writers Saul Bellow — , William Burroughs — and Norman Mailer — , and the founder of Summerhill School in England, A. Bell started teaching a course on Reich in at New York University through its Division of Continuing Study, and it was apparently still being taught at the time Sharaf was writing, making it the longest-running course ever taught in that division.
Reich's pursuit by the FDA arguably made him more popular than he would otherwise have been. The Austrian-American philosopher Paul Edwards — said that the opposition to Reich intensified Edwards' attachment to him, writing in that "for some years many of my friends and I regarded him as something akin to a messiah. Several well-known figures used orgone accumulators, including Orson Bean b. Turner writes that the evil Dr Durand Durand in Barbarella seems to be based on Reich; he places Barbarella Jane Fonda in his Excessive Machine so that she dies of pleasure, but rather than killing her the machine burns out.
Mailer — who owned several orgone accumulators, including some in the shape of eggs — wrote about Reich enthusiastically in The Village Voice , as a result of which Orgonon became a place of pilgrimage and the orgasm a symbol of liberation. The Function of the Orgasm was like a Pandora's box to me. It opened a great deal because to me personally, I'd been struck with an itch in my own orgasm. So much was good in it; so much was not good in it. And his notion that the orgasm in a certain sense was the essence of the character, gave me much food for thought over the years.
So there were many, many years when I felt that to a degree when your orgasm was improving, so were you improving with it What was important to me was the force, and clarity, and power of [Reich's] early works, and the daring. And also the fact that I think in a basic sense that he was right.
Reich continues to influence popular culture. Kate Bush 's single " Cloudbusting " described Reich's arrest through the eyes of his son, Peter, who wrote his father's story in A Book of Dreams ; the video for the song features Donald Sutherland as Reich and Bush as Peter. The Australian designer Marc Newson produced a range of orgone furniture, most famously his Orgone Chair In the sciences. The mainstream scientific community dismissed Reich's orgone theory as pseudoscience. In one of Reich's associates, Dr. Elsworth Baker — , set up the bi-annual Journal of Orgonomy , which is still published, and in founded the American College of Orgonomy in Princeton, New Jersey, to train physicians in orgonomic therapy.
From the New York publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux began republishing all his major works, leading to renewed interest in his research in the s.
Morton Herskowitz. Speaking to Christopher Turner, Peter Reich said of his father: "He was a nineteenth-century scientist; he wasn't a twentieth-century scientist. He didn't practice science the way scientists do today. He was a nineteenth-century mind who came crashing into twentieth-century America. And boom! Selected early papers. Prognose und Libidotheorie. Annals of the Orgone Institute , — Orgone Energy Bulletin , — Essays — , Random House, Neill — , Raphael eds. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Abrahams, Ian.
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