Arnon Grunberg

Dime-store psychology


A friend alerted me to this article. BHL on DSK: “And I do not want to enter into considerations of dime-store psychology that claims to penetrate the mind of the subject, observing, for example, that the number of the room (2806) corresponds to the date of the opening of the Socialist Party primaries in France (06.28), in which he is the uncontested favorite, thereby concluding that this is all a Freudian slip, a subconsciously deliberate mistake, and blah blah blah.”

This is an interesting rhetorical technique. BHL does not want to enter into considerations of dime-store psychology, but at the same he does enter into these considerations. He apologizes in advance for his blah blah blah, but by not deleting this blah blah blah he wants us to take this blah blah blah seriously, at least on a subconscious level.

The number of DSK’s room is meaningful. We should interpret reality as if it was a novel. Had he checked into room 2706 he would not have attacked a chambermaid, he would have masturbated peacefully.