I received the following email the other day (well, actually it was the other month, as we’re still on blog-delay):
Dear Prof. Andrew Gelman,
The ** Broadcasting Authority, together with ** – a well-established production company, are producing a documentary about Freud.
The documentary presents different points of view regarding Freud’s personality and theories.
At this stage of the production we are mainly interested in views regarding the influence Freud / Freudism / Psychoanalysis have on our culture – whether positive or negative. We are addressing the effect Freud and/or analysis left on the culture regarding morality, the law system, therapy, art, consumerism, films, etc. We would like to interview you on your point of view regarding Freud’s mark on humanity in regard to the Economy.
Once you respond favorably we can proceed and precisely define the topics of the talk.
The shooting in NYC is on May 27th and should not demand more than one hour of your time.
We’ll appreciate having you on board and take part in the documentary.
Many thanks for considering our request
Awaiting your reply
I replied: Hi, thanks for asking but I am abroad on sabbatical at this time.
But then they emailed me back:
If ‘abroad’ is Paris or ** or ** or ** – we can still do it…
At this point I was starting to get curious. But I still wasn’t sure I was the right person for the job, so I wrote back to clarify:
Hi, indeed I’m in Paris but I don’t know if I’m the right person for you. My only thought on Freud and the economy is that I think that economics today has the social and intellectual status of Freudian psychology in the 1950s:
But I don’t really have anything to say about Freud specifically.
They got back to me right away:
Sorry to have bothered you
So I guess it really was some sort of mistaken identity.