The Talking Cure by Mike Feder
A Memoir of Life on Air

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As a kid growing up in Queens, Mike Feder identified with Scheherazade of The Thousand and One Nights: "The idea of someone having to tell a new tale every night to prevent their head getting chopped off seemed sadly familiar to me."
Back then, the author's audience was his mentally ill mother, who used to stay in the house all day with the shades drawn, and then insist that her son tell her stories so that she might vicariously experience the world outside. Eventually she committed suicide, and Feder grew up to be a relentless, comic storyteller on the radio. The Talking Cure tells the story of his ridiculous jobs, first failed marriage, the string of psychiatrists, and the misery of reluctant fatherhood; throughout he maintains a kind of bizarre balancing act--hilariousness and deep seriousness, conventionality and strangeness. An ironist and a comic, Feder looks unflinchingly at his own foibles and frailties, enabling him to connect to other people's stories.
The reader emerges from this book with a sense of forgiveness for the human condition, and awe at the mystery of human life. Deeply funny, and at the same time breathtakingly dark, this is a book to provoke, amuse and, in some strange way, reassure: God loves a challenge.

About Mike Feder

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MIKE FEDER grew up in New York City. His writing has appeared in Harper's and the New York Times magazine. He is the author of New York Son (Crown, 1998) and lives in New York City with his wife.
Published June 23, 2001 by Seven Stories Press. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Sometimes his revelations are embarassing—do we need to know all the ways that he competed with his three-year-old daughter, Sarah, for his wife, Susan's, attention?—but his inability to sort out the trivial (including an old complaint about a bad review his first book, New York Son, received fro...

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While filling the Thursday-morning slot at New York City's funky, freewheeling WBAI-FM 20 years ago, Feder invented a new genre -- confessional talk radio.

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