- March 7, 2018
- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
When a small vial arrived in her mailbox from "Lewis Carroll," bestselling author Ayelet Waldman was ready to try anything. Her depression had become intolerable, severe and unmanageable; medication had failed to make a difference. Married with four children and a robust career, she "should" have been happy, but instead she found herself, her family, and her work all suffering from her mood disorder.
So she opened the vial, placed two drops on her tongue, and became part of a burgeoning underground group of scientists and civilians successfully using therapeutic microdoses of LSD. Ayelet charted her experience over the course of a month, during which she achieved a newfound feeling of serenity.
She also explored the history and mythology of LSD, the cutting-edge research into the drug, and the byzantine policies that control it. Ayelet combined her research with her own month-long experiment into her critically acclaimed memoir A Really Good Day - How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life. Drawing on her experience as a federal public defender, as the mother of teenagers, and her research into the therapeutic value of psychedelics, she produced a book that is candid, revealing and completely enthralling.
Join Ayelet in conversation with author Carolyn Cooke and learn more about the experiences and research that led to the book, and how her life has changed since the release of the memoir last year.
Ayelet Waldman is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter's Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace, and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She was a federal public defender and taught at Loyola Law School and the UC Berkeley School of Law, where she developed and taught courses on the legal implications of the war on drugs. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, Michael Chabon, and their four children.
Carolyn Cooke is the author of a novel, Daughters of the Revolution, and two collections of short stories, The Bostons and Amor and Psycho. Her fiction has won the PEN/Robert Bingham Prize, has been shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and has been featured in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Paris Review. Carolyn is a professor in the MFA Programs at CIIS.