“Smith’s depth of research, sparkling intelligence, and knack for collapsing the fixed borders between diagnosis and drugs on one hand and vision and inspiration on the other make this book a thrilling read.” —James Hillman
“This is a learned, humane, and engrossing book, engaged in an exemplary task: to rescue the meaning of a central human phenomenon that can no longer mean what it once did. Surely Smith’s voice is one we will be hearing for a long time.” —Benjamin Kunkel
“Articulate, engaging, and deeply researched.” —Jerome Groopman
“A glorious collection. These pieces show how the spirit of Twain and Holmes has remained alive. It’s an addictive offering.” —Walter Isaacson
“There is a staggering amount of good writing here and an overwhelming surfeit of ideas that bear intense relevance to today’s issues.” —San Francisco Chronicle
ARTICLES & ESSAYS (Selected)
“The University Has No Clothes,” New York (5/1/11) — The rise of the notion that going to college isn’t worth it.
“Is There an Ecological Unconscious?” The New York Times Magazine (1/27/10) — The relationship between environmental health and mental health.
“The Doctor is In,” The American Scholar (Fall 2009) — Profile of Aaron T. Beck, the father of cognitive-behavior therapy.
“The Very Grouchy Daddy,” Slate (10/8/09) — Tongue-in-cheek denunciation of the the beloved children’s author Eric Carle.
“Escape to Dubai,” New York (11/24/08) — Young American capitalists seek cover from the recession in Dubai.
“What is Art For?” The New York Times Magazine (11/16/08) — Profile of Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift and Common as Air.
“Not Strictly Platonic,” Slate (6/28/07) — Review of The Maytrees, by Annie Dillard.
“Can You Live With the Voices in Your Head?”, The New York Times Magazine (3/25/07) — Ostensibly an excerpt from Muses, Madmen, and Prophets, this article contains about 90% new material.
“Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation,” n+1 (Spring 2005) — On anxiety, the brain, and a novel neuropsychological tool.
“Andrew Jackson, the New Face of Modern Art,” n+1 online (3/5/05) — On MoMA raising its admission fee to a whopping $20.
“The Surgery of Last Resort,” Granta (Spring 2004) — A narrative of one man’s desperate attempt to alleviate his obsessive-compulsive disorder with the help of brain surgery.