Ongoings at The Candidate Journal is a space for short writings about the arts and other goings-on from a psychoanalytic perspective (movies, politics, books, or art exhibit reviews); interviews with psychoanalysts or psychoanalytically-oriented thinkers; and other experimental writing about psychoanalysis. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in submitting to Ongoings, please email    


Reverie and the Creation of Self

Antony Geralis

I had surgery on my right eye four months ago.  The outcome was not what the ophthalmologist had expected.  My vision was not improved.  The doctor promised to “make it right.”  I had no idea what that meant.  He never told me that he had surgically implanted the wrong...

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Play and the Pedagogic Third

David Mathew, PhD

The psychoanalysis of children emphasizes the importance of symbolic play and fantasy, during which the child can use games to resolve or master conflicts that might otherwise be passively endured. This exploration argues that analogous results might emerge from play that engages adult learners. However, where play helps children define roles and the acceptance of rule-regulated behaviour, for adult learners the subject is...

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photo by  Joanna Symeou

photo by Joanna Symeou

In the Doorway: The Ins and Outs of Childhood Immigration and its Effects on Development in Young Adults

Joanna Symeou, PsyD

For many immigrant students, college is seen as a gift. As a therapist for many of these students, I often see them studying hard, feeling motivated to succeed. Along with motivation comes gratitude for the risks their parents took and sacrifices they made to offer their children a better life. Students whose parents are undocumented or have endured significant...

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by Nancy Gerber, PhD.

This poem, about obsessive attachment to cell phones, is written in the form of a villanelle.

The villanelle is a 19-line poem that consists of five tercets  (three line stanzas) and a quatrain (a four line stanza).  The rhyming couplet of the final stanza is repeated four times throughout the poem, although the only time the couplet appears without any...

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Anne Arden McDonald: Rise, Fall, Float

Soho Photo Gallery, New York
8 March – 1 April 2017


Anne Arden McDonald is a photographer and a visual artist born in London, raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and living in Brooklyn.  She began photographing at the age of 15, when she initiated a series of self-portraits, set and performed in abandoned buildings.  At present, she is involved with process-intensive photography, making images in which chance is a crucial element of production.  Her work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally and has entered major museum collections.

The series of images in this exhibition follow her self-portrait series.  They have been taken with the Diana photo camera – a rudimentary plastic camera from the 1960s intended for private use.  The camera produced images with soft focus, reminiscent of images by the Pictorialist school of photography at the turn of the last century.  In this interview, the artist discusses the place of the exhibition in her career.

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The Availability of the Analyst

In this forum on the Availability of the Analyst, Janice S. Lieberman, PhD, discusses the physical (rather than emotional) availability of the analyst and the ethical implications of the analyst’s frequent vacations, conference travel, and personal time off for analytic work.  Introducing the idea of the analyst’s “work superego,” Lieberman asks, “what is the analyst’s responsibility to his or her patients other than analyzing?”  Joseph Cancelmo, PhD, and Claudia Heilbrunn, MA, offer responses...      

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Interview - Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Natasha Kurchanova

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is an artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico, whose work explores recuperation from trauma, regeneration, affect, and the possibilities of creating alternatives to habitual modes of communication through close attention to day-to-day interactions with people far removed from post-modern lifestyles.  Her installation at The New Museum features a three-channel video (That which identifies them like the eye of the Cyclops), a 16mm black-and-white film (Black Beach/Horse/Camp/The Dead/Forces), and a collection of masks used for...

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by Margaret Fulton

In the solemn aftermath of the election, the previously unimaginable and unthinkable had become perhaps “too real” rupturing the boundary and space of our continuity of being, of our sense of self, our communal identities and our sense of  “I-ness” in the world.  Similar ruptures were felt in the boundaries between inner and outer realities, between the personal and the political, and between predictability and uncertainty. As my first patient of the day stated... continue reading

Film Review - Frances Ha

by Julie Futrell

At a time when hysteria has all but disappeared from clinical discourse and Lacan’s question of where all the great hysterics have gone seems particularly timely, Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig respond in their 2012 film, Frances Ha, that she is as alive and dissatisfied as ever. Indeed, the film—directed by Baumbach—captures hysteria at its finest, following twenty-something Frances as she trips and stumbles (literally and figuratively) through life... continue reading


About Town - Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and John Zorn

by Vanessa Sinclair

This year two of the most influential experimental/ avant-garde artists of our time, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and John Zorn, are... continue

Film Review - Hannah Arendt

by Dr. Jessica Datema

Hannah Arendt is an impossible film about an impossible trial that demonstrates the impossibility of “understanding” or “explaining” the Holocaust... continue


Film Review - Fill the Void / Lemale et ha halal

by Manya Steinkoler

Rama Burshtein’s first film, Lemale et ha’halal” translated from the Hebrew as Fill the Void is beautifully filmed... continue

Film Review - Augustine, (2012) Alice Winocour

by Manya Steinkoler

It is surprising that a film about Augustine, the great hysteric immortalized in the extensive photographs and case presentations of the neurologist and professor of anatomical pathology... continue