Author Mark Salzman, Iron and Silk, The Soloist, Lying Awake, became a stay-at-home parent in 2001.
Eight years and three failed book manuscripts later, he had a nervous breakdown. He joins LIVE to tell a sad story with a happy ending and to explore:
What kind of person gets panic attacks when he meditates?
Can an atheist have a mystical experience?
Is free will a necessary illusion?
Do dogs bark on purpose?
Where does faith fit in?
Mark Salzman is an author whose works include Iron & Silk, The Laughing Sutra,Lost in Place, The Soloist and Lying Awake.
Salzman is an award-winning novelist and nonfiction author who has written on a variety of subjects, from a graceful novel about a Carmelite nun’s ecstatic visions and crisis of faith to a memoir about growing up a misfit in a Connecticut suburb -- clearly displaying a range that transcends genre. As a boy, all Salzman ever wanted was to be a Kung Fu master, but it was his proficiency on the cello that facilitated his acceptance to Yale at the age of 16.
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"An invisible spirit controlling our lives"?
'Determinism as a spiritual revelation', and an answer to philosophical anguish?
(Can see why his wife had to bring home the bacon...hope she still has her day job... Note: William James' essay on the utility of regret, and the futility of Determinism is, to my mind, more insightful and to the point.)
He is a great story teller I liked listening to him tell his tale.
the moral was about materialism. He argued through the metaphore of a sick dog that there is no free will. His story tells of the events that lead him to an incredibly awful moment in his life stuck with a sick dog. The picture he draws is a moment of extreme emotional anguish and turmoil, when it would have been human to blame the dog, but he had an epiphany in the idea that it wasn't the dog's fault for being sick. The dog being and sick is just a product of the events that lead to that situation.
which is a metaphore about life and mind