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CoastLine: Donald Antrim On Losing Conceits, The Physicality Of Mental Illness

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Donald Antrim, Writer for The New Yorker

Donald Antrim is a MacArthur Genius.  He’s written three novels, Elect Mr. Robinson For A Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist.  

In 2006, he released a memoir, The Afterlife, and eight years later he published a collection of short stories:  The Emerald Light In The Air

He’s a writer for The New Yorker, and he expects to publish work in the coming weeks about his struggle with mental illness, his brushes with suicide and electro-convulsive therapy, and the reasons he believes the path to healing from mental illness includes stripping away stigma and romanticism, and recognizing its physical reality.  

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 4 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.
Rachel is a graduate of UNCW's Master of Public Administration program, specializing in Urban and Regional Policy and Planning. She also received a Master of Education and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and French Language & Literature from NC State University. She served as WHQR's News Fellow from 2017-2019. Contact her by email: rkeith@whqr.org or on Twitter @RachelKWHQR