August 11th, 2008 14:37 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Mark Matousek, When You're Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living
Mark Matousek is the author of two acclaimed memoirs, The Boy He Left Behind: A Man`s Search For His Lost Father (Book of the Month Club, QPB, Los Angeles Times Discovery book, winner of the Randy Shilts Prize for Non-Fiction in 2001) and Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story (1996), an international bestseller published in ten countries and nominated for two Books for a Better Life Awards.
His new book, When You`re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living` will be published by Bloomsbury in June, 2008.
A contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine and Tricycle, he is the co-author (with Andrew Harvey) of Dialogues with a Modern Mystic and editor of Still Here by Ram Dass.
Matousek has served as senior editor of Interview Magazine (under the late Andy Warhol), as well as culture columnist for Harper`s Bazaar and Common Boundary magazines, where "The Naked Eye", his back-page feature, appeared monthly from 1994-1999. Nominated for a National Magazine Award in 1993 ("America`s Darkest Secret"), he has written extensively on psychology, religion, and popular culture for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Details, Vogue, AARP Magazine, The Utne Reader, Out, Yoga Journal, and others, and been anthologized in Wrestling With the Angel, Voices of the Millennium, and Oprah`s Live Your Best Life.
Featured on numerous television and radio programs in the U.S., Europe, and Australia, Matousek taught writing at Manhattanville College, Purchase, served as a frequent panelist at The New School for Social Research, Whole Life Expo, Miami Book Fair, and St. Petersburg Times Spring Book Conference, and awarded fellowships to The MacDowell Colony and Worcester College, Oxford.
Born in Los Angeles and educated at the University of California, Berkeley (M.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude), Matousek lives in New York City.