Andrew Solomon Presents at the 2014 Media Colloquy
In the video below, Andrew Solomon speaks about his books The Noonday Demon and Far From the Tree, using the word "resilience" to describe the unifying theme of his work. He explores the notion of building and constructing meaning as both central to dealing with depression and also to resolving seemingly vast differences between some parents and their children.
Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics and the arts, known for his lyricism, erudition, frankness about his own experience and tireless research into the lives of others. Solomon’s most recent book, Far From The Tree, explores the relationship between parents and their exceptional children, including those with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities; those who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals and who are transgender. Named one of the ten best books of 2012 by The New York Times, it also won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Solomon’s previous book, The Noonday Demon, published in 2001, earned great acclaim for its thorough exploration of depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. It won the National Book Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was named by the Times of London as one of the hundred best books of the decade. A contributor to The New Yorker and other magazines, Solomon has appeared on The Moth Radio Hour. His TedTalk on depression has earned nearly two million views. He is a winner of the 2014 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Coverage by the Media.