by Mark Matousek
A True Story Now with a new preface
In this classic memoir, a gay man living a fast-track life in NYC (working for artist Andy Warhol), escapes to India, confronts his demons, and takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride to realize his dreams and discover the true meaning of life and holiness.
“It’s hard to know when you’re having a breakdown in New York City. The symptoms of living here, succeeding here, and losing your mind here are here are almost identical.” So begins Matousek’s 1996 breakout memoir about leaving a fast-track publishing life (working for pop artist Andy Warhol at Interview magazine) and hitting the dharma trail in search of a meaningful life and spiritual wisdom. Hailed by Publisher’s Weekly (starred review) as “brave, beautiful, and brilliantly observed,” Sex Death Enlightenment became an international bestseller (published in 10 countries). Like Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love and Paul Monette in Borrowed Time, Matousek takes the reader on an insightful, raucous search for answers to life’s deepest questions.
About the Author: Mark Matousek is an award-winning author of seven books, a blogger for Psychology Today, and a teacher and speaker on creativity and growth using the Writing to Awaken method. He has written for The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Details, Tricycle, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Village Voice. After working at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, Matousek spent a decade as a freelance writer and dharma bum in Europe, India, and the United States. The founder of The Seekers Forum, an online community for nonsectarian spiritual dialogue, and co-founder of V-Men, the male arm of Eve Ensler’s V-Day movement, he lives in Springs, New York.
“Mark Matousek takes you everywhere his title promises—and then some. Sex Death Enlightenment is the most gripping and elegantly written memoir I’ve read in ages. It tugged me onward like the best suspense novel, though I couldn’t help lingering time and again to savor its wisdom.” —Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City
“An extraordinarily articulate chronicle of how the sickness of our time can spawn spiritual awakening and compassion.” —Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now and Grist for the Mill