chapter  Chapter 18
Bion in New York and São Paulo: “New York, 1977”
WithNicola Abel-Hirsch
Pages 8

The 1977 visit to New York was Wilfred Bion ’s first seminar there. He wrote an author’s note to accompany the publication of Bion in New York and Sao Paulo. This chapter suggests that somebody should, instead of writing a book called “The Interpretation of Dreams”, write a book called “The Interpretation of Facts”, translating them into dream language – not just as a perverse exercise, but in order to get a two-way traffic. It uses some quotes, they are: Resting with the patient; Free association; Characters in search of an author/“thoughts in search of a thinker”; Patient best colleague; The intuition which is blind and the concept which is empty; and Patient slides over terrifying dream. The Director of the play, furious at the interruption, demands an explanation. The Father explains that they are unfinished characters in search of an author to finish their story.