Commonplace*

“‘Mr. Kugelmass, the worst thing you could do is act out. You must simply express your feelings here, and together we’ll analyze them. You have been in treatment long enough to know there is no overnight cure. After all, I’m an analyst, not a magician.’

‘Then perhaps what I need is a magician,’ Kugelmass said, rising from the chair. And with that he terminated his therapy.”

—Woody Allen, “The Kugelmass Episode,” Side Effects (1980)

*with thanks to Ernesto for the inspiration

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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