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Dr. Matt Bowker, Assistant Professor of the Practice in Political Science in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, recently published a collection of expository essays, pensées and dream-transcripts under the title, Misinterest: a neologism Bowker employs to explore the nature and meaning of the destruction of interest and its objects. If interest goes missing, Bowker worries, we are left with mysterian formulae, fascinations that seek not to understand, a worship of absence and lack, and/or the imposition of deprivation on the self and on others who might otherwise take an interest in being themselves, which is to say, in living.

The book may be purchased or downloaded in e-format or paperback here.

Advance praise for Dr. Bowker’s book was quite positive:

“M.H. Bowker’s rich, refreshing, and sometimes startlingly personal work is an intellectual-spiritual foray into the void at the center of our missing experience of being actually interested in our lives. It reminds us how often we seek and accept false substitutes for deep thinking and for truly coming alive. But it also guides us in coping with tedious academic pretense, with groupthink, with the artifices we layer over conflictual desires. Through his elegant, graceful, amusing, genuine, and welcoming writing, Bowker opens us to encounters with surprise, novelty, and provocation without cynicism. His singularity of voice and rarity of perception are reminiscent of the simultaneously trance-inducing and startling first-time effects of Winnicott, Bion, and Phillips. You will emerge from Misinterest awakened and with renewed focus and intentionality, as if from the best kind of guided meditation.”

~ Jill Gentile, author of Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire

“Psychoanalysis is a psychology of absences, a mode of thinking about the significance of what’s missing. M.H. Bowker makes use of this psychoanalytic heuristic in his wonderfully provocative Misinterest. The book combines poetic, expository, and aphoristic forms, inviting readers into his stream-of-consciousness meditation on modern states of ennui. The essay “Is Sex Interesting?” is alone worth the read.”

~ Janice Haaken, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Portland State University

“Misinterest is a meditation on how we choose (Do we choose?) to pay attention; that is, to engage, or not to. Written with a Zen-like quality, I sometimes found myself wondering just what kind of volume was I reading — perhaps another mode of misinterest. Dr. Bowker’s volume reads as part poem, part koan, part psychoanalytic free association. An indeterminate journey half-way between a documentary and a dream-book, I found Misinterest impossible to ignore.”

~ Dan Livney, Clinical Psychologist

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