Daniel Smith’s memoir of anxiety, ‘Monkey Mind’

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[REBROADCAST] Can anxiety be controlled, and perhaps cured? Journalist DANIEL SMITH is sweating this concept out. The writer was set up for anxiety – he suffered an early childhood near-drowning, had a traumatic, aggressive introduction to sex, and went to college at “one of the world’s anxiety epicenters,” which manifested what soon identified him. And to top it off, he has hyperhidrosis – an excessive sweating disorder. Smith’s new book, “Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety,” chronicles the admitted would-be stand up comic and Bryn Mawr College lecturer’s navigation of his unpredictable mind, mixed with an amateur intellectual history of anxiety and its influence in our culture. He also maintains an informative and entertaining blog.

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