Rendering Unconscious episode 272.

Rendering Unconscious welcomes Dr. Ana Leorne to the podcast to discuss her new book This Is the Strangest Life I’ve Ever Known – A Psychological Portrait of Jim Morrison (Trapart Books, 2023).

Join Portuguese writer Ana Leorne as she takes us on a trip into the mind of troubled rock star-poet-genius Jim Morrison. Diving into the era, the man, his art, the surrounding people, and not least the myth of The Doors’ enigmatic frontman, Leorne paints an illuminating picture of seemingly inevitable self-destruction – but also one of undeniable brilliance.

Ana Leorne (Porto, 1984) is a writer, artist, and researcher. She has started her career as a musician (Rope, The Clits, Annette Blade, Portuguese cast of RENT) while completing a BA in Fine Arts at University of Porto and producing work in the fields of photography, video, installation, and performance. She also holds a MA in Film Studies from NOVA University of Lisbon with a dissertation on psychoanalysis and Stanley Kubrick, and a PhD in Visual Cultures from EHESS with a dissertation on issues of identity, public image, and visual representation in the Beatles’ films and videos. Formerly associate editor at The 405 and digital media executive at MTV Portugal, her writing has appeared on Bandcamp, Elegy Iberica, Recording Academy/The Grammys, SFGate, Público, Beats Per Minute, SPIN, The Guardian, and many others. She’s also the author of “Dear Dr Freud” for David Bowie: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2015). She currently lives in Paris.

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Mentioned in this episode:


Dancing with Salomé – Courting the Uncanny with Oscar Wilde & Friends (Trapart Books, 2021) by Nina Antonia

The Collected Works of Jim Morrison


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Rendering Unconscious Podcast is hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, a psychoanalyst based in Sweden, who works with people internationally. 

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Dr. Sinclair is the author of The Pathways of the Heart (Trapart Books, 2021), Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: The Cut in Creation (Routledge, 2021) and Switching Mirrors (Trapart Books, 2016).

And is the editor of  Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Films of Ingmar Bergman: From Freud to Lacan and Beyond (Routledge, 2023), Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics & Poetry (Trapart Books, 2019), Outsider Inpatient: Reflections on Art as Therapy (Trapart Books, 2021) with Dr. Elisabeth Punzi, On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (Routledge, 2019) co-edited with Dr. Manya Steinkoler, and The Fenris Wolf, vol 9 (Trapart Books, 2017) and The Fenris Wolf vol 11 (Trapart Books, 2022) co-edited with Carl Abrahamsson.

Many thanks to Carl Abrahamsson, who created the intro and outro music for Rendering Unconscious podcast. Check out Swedish independent record label Highbrow Lowlife. Enjoy!

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The song at the end of the episode is “Be the true self (cut-ups were used)” from the album “The Experience (for the weird)” by Vanessa Sinclair and Pete Murphy. Available at Pete Murphy’s Bandcamp Page. Our music is also available at Spotify and other streaming services. 

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