LARB Radio Hour: Ayelet Waldman’s Psychedelic Salvation

Who would be willing not just to experiment on themselves, but also to spread the word? Recorded in front of a full house at Scripps College, it’s a fascinating dialogue full of surprises: Ayelet relates her own personal struggles, her frustration with anti-depressants, her traumatizing years as a Federal public defender appalled by the War on Drugs, her full knowledge of the severity of the law she was breaking, the whimsical arrival of a package from Lewis Carroll, the pharmacology of LSD, the precision of micro-dosing, and then, magically, relief. LARB Radio Hour: Ayelet Waldman’s Psychedelic Salvation
By LARB AV –  April 20, 2018


What if a highly illegal drug could be used, far more successfully than prescribed pharmaceuticals, to help people with depression and bipolar disorder? LARB Radio’s Medaya Ocher talks with just such a brave soul, Ayelet Waldman, author of A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life. Ayelet acknowledges that her social privilege (as a prosperous white woman, a Harvard Law graduate, married to Michael Chabon, herself a successful mystery writer and novelist) allowed her to take a huge risk, as such she feels compelled to announce her discovery of happier trails ahead.