Three writers pay homage to their unlikely influences in these remarkable and moving essays.
The music of Shostakovich gave Stephen Johnson a reason for living after struggling with bipolar disorder; Alison Leslie Gold wrote her way out of alcoholism under the benign influence of Miep Gies, the woman who sheltered the Anne Frank family; and the madcap ideas of William Burroughs inspired the eminent neurologist A. J. Lees to find new treatments for Parkinson’s Disease.
Includes the following titles:
How Shostakovich Changed My Mind by Stephen Johnson
Found and Lost: Mittens, Miep, and Shovelfuls of Dirt by Alison Leslie Gold
Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment by A. J. Lees