Everybody: History of the human form is fascinating and frightening
Olivia Laing’s genre-defying work is by turns heartbreaking, awe-inspiring and outrage-inducing
By Olivia Laing
Olivia Laing is a self-described “awkward occupant” of her body at the best of times. With her sixth book, the author eschews linear narrative and academic stuffiness to create a freewheeling, genre-defying study of the body as a political agent that reads as part memoir, part social studies literature review, and part illicit gossip.
Using the unlikely figure of Wilhelm Reich – a radical student of Sigmund Freud ...