The memory perplex

Frederick Crews is the literary critic who wrote the satiric gem The Pooh Perplex in the 1960’s. He appears to have turned his disenchantment with Fredian psychoanalysis to good use by relentlessly debunking the junk science underlying the “recovered memory” craze and the related wave of child abuse prosecutions that ended in the mid-1990’s. His article in the current issue of the New York Review of Books revisits the issues and is otherwise interesting in its own right: “The trauma trap.”


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