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    Meet the Author: Arlene Heyman

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016
    8:15 PM

    The Friends of the Library is proud to welcome NYPSI member and bestselling writer Arlene Heyman to discuss her recently published debut collection of stories, Scary Old Sex.

    What does writing fiction have in common with analyzing patients? Arlene Heyman, who does both, says that "Truth-telling is an important aspect of writing fiction--the writer tells truths that others pretend don't exist. The psychoanalyst also tells the truth, but s/he must do it in less jolting ways, in ways that can be absorbed, that can be lived with, that might over time be transformative. Kafka said, 'A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.' One tries not to use an axe on one's patients."

    Arlene Heyman will speak about her two professions, she will read from Scary Old Sex, and she will take questions from the audience.

    No CME/CE credits offered

    $10 - General Admission

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Arlene Heyman, M.D. is the recipient of Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Robert Wood Johnson Fellowships. Her short stories have appeared in New American Review and she won Epoch magazine's novella contest. She has been listed twice in the honor rolls of Best American Short Stories. Arlene Heyman is a psychiatrist/ psychoanalyst practicing in New York City, where she lives with her husband. She is currently at work on a novel.
    Praise for Scary Old Sex:

    Dwight Garner, The New York Times: "mature and soulful stories...These men and women are busily and blissfully humanizing themselves, the kind of bliss that lifts right off the page."

    Elaine Showalter, The Guardian: "lusty, tough and life-affirming"

    Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker: "The world is awash in convincingly graphic sex scenes. Heyman is the rare writer who puts hers in the service of convincing love stories."

    Paul Bailey, Literary Review: "Arlene Heyman is possessed of a comic authority that never falters and never sneers. Scary Old Sex is a joyful, joyous debut."

    Bloomsbury published Scary Old Sex in Great Britain in February and in the US in March; and it is already in its second printing both abroad and in the US.

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •