Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke w/ David Talbot

April 23, 2020

In this edition of Parallax Views, David Talbot, - journalist and founder of the pioneering web magazine Salon - joins us to discuss his new book: 'Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke'. 

Previously David has written the New York Times bestseller 'Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years', as well as, 'The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government', and 'Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love'. In 'Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke', David offers a heartfelt, honest, and often-times cheery memoir of his experiences facing mortality after suffering a stroke and how, thanks to family and a community of caregivers, he survived it and became something of a different person as a result. In this emotionally powerful conversation, we cover David's stroke and his survival, as well as the themes of gratitude and community that permeate the memoir. Additionally, David and I discuss some of his early experiences with Salon: how Salon famously took on right-wing hypocrisy during the Clinton impeachment; a fascinating personal story from David about Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos; and David's experience trying to get his books a cinematic treatment from Hollywood. We even begin the conversation with a bit of trivia about David's father, the legendary character actor Lyle Talbot, who starred in movies like Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space (David even has an anecdote to share about the notorious Ed Wood!). All that and more in this edition of Parallax Views.