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. Here he tells a sad story with a happy ending, and in so doing explores questions such as
* 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?
It’s long (about an hour), and Salzman doesn’t enter until 6:40. For those without that kind of time, there’s a review of the piece here, and it hits the high points. Looking forward to hearing your responses before we pontificate on Salzman’s presentation at a later time. Enjoy.