My mission is to give voice to new ways of looking at history, psychology, spirituality, and nature. I try to offer relatively profound new ideas in a disarmingly lighthearted way. I have no intention of challenging anyone’s existing beliefs. Rather, I’m interested in questioning traditional assumptions in order to reveal refreshingly different perspectives.
David’s Inferno: My Journey Through the Dark Woods of Depression. (March 2013.) A memoir of my major depressive breakdown from 2005 – 2007, including overviews of both conventional and alternative treatments and the impact of depression on creativity and spirituality. Order.
Waking the Dead. Excerpts from “Real Time” (below) and an essay on history by Ken Burns. Signed, Limited Edition. 48pp. 7″ x 9″ $20
This Is Your Brain on Drugs:
The Adolescent’s Guide to Feeling Weird and the Drugs You Take to Cope. Including brain basics, an overview of adolescent mental-health “disorders” and the psychotropics they take (i.e., from sugar to heroin)…including my experiences with virtually all of them.
A Field Guide to Prescription Medicines. An extremely readable, factual, and irreverent explanation of how the drugs we take work. Or don’t.
The Power of Beyond Now. A year before he dies El Çid (née Sidney Ellison) confesses he’s the Buddha and proceeds to carefully deconstruct and re-assemble every belief system he can wrap his brain around.
Real Time. Historical characters appear in my life and turn my understanding of everything from war and sexuality to evolution and reincarnation totally upside down.
Secret Life of Carrots. A first-person Botany of Desire, The Secret Life of Carrots reveals how vegetables are continually working with humans to help us all be all we can be—and have been since the earliest days of food cultivation. The ultimate foodie book!