Brooklyn · Writing

“You’re Writing a Fucking Memoir”: Daniel Smith on his New Book “Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety”

My interview with writer Daniel Smith on penning a memorable memoir, in Construction:

“In the case of Daniel Smith’s book Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, which came out in July 2012, we take the journey through the author’s lifetime of clinical anxiety in his sweaty, jumpy, early-adult body. We accompany him on awkward sexual adventures (the book opens with him losing his virginity to two women at once, an experience that opens his mind to fretfulness), witness the Freudian relations between his mother and him (he spills the beans about said sexual relations to his mama, which is the next step down the anxiety sinkhole), and are with him in times of panic and persistent self-doubt; we also join him in his therapy appointments.”

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