Adventures in the Orgasmatron

Poor Wilhelm Reich, whose books were burned for their much-maligned promotion of orgone energy, those cosmic sex rays once endorsed by C-list celebrities. Freud's rogue disciple gets an overdue rehabilitation in Turner's respectful yet rollicking study. The lasting effects of Reich's assault on consensus science and sexology are still being felt, as Turner makes clear in his survey of Reich's erotic legacy.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…