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By Wilhelm Reich

A brand new autobiographical paintings by way of probably the most unique and arguable thinkers of our time.

"I regarded up each day from in the back of the bars to the Statue of Liberty in ny Harbor. Her gentle 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 United States. They have been years of prodigious accomplishment during which he constructed the orgone power 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 trying out his theories. the USA introduced a brand new marriage, a brand new son, a brand new workforce of scholars, and a brand new laboratory. yet those have been years of fierce fight in addition: the denial of an American clinical license, the refusal of a patent at the orgone accumulator, and, eventually, a slanderous article that will incite the meals and Drug management to the dogged assault on Reich that may proceed until eventually his loss of life in one other felony telephone ten years later.

American Odyssey unearths 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 background.

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The difference in temperature is uniform and also larger if the closed metallic cavity is surrounded by organic material and if the space in which the orgone temperature is measured is closed off from the surrounding air. Several days ago I followed your advice and initiated systematic attempts to photograph the radiation. I have already obtained some positive results. I shall send you the material as soon as I have succeeded in obtaining satisfactory photographs of the radiation. May I ask you once more not to stay for longer than one hour continuously in the room containing the apparatus, and to breathe some fresh air for a few minutes afterwards.

It would be stupid to decide that today. Therefore, I do not want you to suffer for my sake. Let us try to accept this as bravely as we can. 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.

D. 01 g occurred. So radiation pressure doesn't explain it. e. Over orgone accumulator 1 again. 1 g on the balloon side. October 1940 There must be some force which counteracts gravity, which "lifts" the spirit, makes our hearts "light," lends us "wings," sends us into "seventh heaven," makes us fly in our dreams and "brightens" our waking hours. , being "downcast"), the "leaden fatigue"—in short, that which is conservative, preservativecalcium! —ossification. A M E R I C A N [ 37 O D Y S S E Y ♦ 11 October 1940 a.

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