Against the Grain

Wilhelm Reich and the Sexual Revolution

Wilhelm Reich fused Marx with Freud, had an enormous influence on the New Left and the counterculture, and provided the intellectual underpinnings for the sexual revolution. Yet he’s almost forgotten today. Writer Christopher Turner discusses the complexities of the psychoanalytic pioneer, who invented the infamous orgone accumulator box — used by William Burroughs and Norman Mailer amongst others — and examines his legacy in hindsight.

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