By Wilhelm Reich
A brand new autobiographical paintings through some of the most unique and arguable thinkers of our time.
"I appeared up each day from at the back of the bars to the Statue of Liberty in long island Harbor. Her mild shone brightly right into a darkish night." With those phrases, Wilhelm Reich defined his adventure as an "enemy alien" imprisoned on Ellis Island within the aftermath of the japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
American Odyssey, compiled from his correspondence and journals, chronicles Reich's first years in the US. They have been years of prodigious accomplishment during which he built the orgone strength accumulator-the so-called orgone field; released his first books in English; made breakthroughs in his research of orgone power in social pathology, physics, astronomy, and melanoma; and none except Albert Einstein in checking out his theories. the USA introduced a brand new marriage, a brand new son, a brand new crew of scholars, and a brand new laboratory. yet those have been years of fierce fight to boot: the denial of an American clinical license, the refusal of a patent at the orgone accumulator, and, ultimately, a slanderous article that will incite the nutrients and Drug management to the dogged assault on Reich that will proceed until eventually his demise in one other criminal telephone ten years later.
American Odyssey finds greater than a interval within the lifetime of an embattled scientist. It discloses the social and highbrow lifetime of a rustic in a tumultuous time in historical past.
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You know that there is always a place for you in my heart. I know that this is not a comfort in a situation like the 54] W I L H E L M R E I C H present. But please do not stop writing. I need your letters. I must know how things are going for you. If, despite everything, you do manage to get here in the near future, then we will at least know that you are safe. It is so difficult to imagine what life is like for you all now on the other side. m. Please inform me if this date and time does not suit you.
An electroscope set up indoors and in the open air, with and without a fan, yielded the same final result. 58 ] W I L H E L M R E I C H Slept for four hours—during the day—depression. I cannot do it by myself, without money and help. , field energy could be measured. Idea for a test to eliminate gravity by using an orgone field acting in the opposite direction to the earth's gravitational pull. Basic problem: If gravitational force is so minimal, how is it possible for stars to orbit each other at such great distances?
A M E R I C A N O D Y S S E Y [ 53 nation. There is a law which entitles me to do this. A group of about twelve workers has already formed. But the political events overshadow everything. We are very well and objectively informed. We understand clearly how completely mad events are. In fact, people here have progressed much further in this direction of thought than on the other side of the Atlantic. This freshness, which is totally lacking in tradition, is very invigorating. And people are struggling hard and honestly to attain some very important goals.
American Odyssey: Letters & Journals, 1940-1947 by Wilhelm Reich