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Sam Lansky

Biography

Sam Lansky

Sam Lansky is an editor at TIME. He has written for New York magazine, The Atlantic, Esquire, Out and Grantland.

Sam Lansky

Books by Sam Lansky

by Sam Lansky - Coming of Age, Drama, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Humor, Mental Health, Personal Growth, Psychology

“He fixes everything that’s wrong with you in three days.” This is what hooks Sam when he first overhears it at a fancy dinner party in the Hollywood hills: the story of a globe-trotting shaman who claims to perform “open-soul surgery” on emotionally damaged people. For neurotic, depressed Sam, the possibility of total transformation is utterly tantalizing. He’s desperate for something to believe in, and the shaman --- who promises ancient rituals, plant medicine and encounters with the divine --- seems convincing, enough for Sam to sign up for a weekend under his care. But are the great spirits the shaman says he’s summoning real at all? Or are the ghosts in Sam’s memory more powerful than any magic?

by Sam Lansky - Memoir, Nonfiction

By the age of 17, Sam Lansky was an all-star student with Ivy League aspirations in his final year at an elite New York City prep school. But a nasty addiction to prescription pills spiraled rapidly out of control, compounded by a string of reckless affairs with older men, leaving his bright future in jeopardy. After a terrifying overdose, he tried to straighten out. Yet as he journeyed from the glittering streets of Manhattan, to a wilderness boot camp in Utah, to a psych ward in New Orleans, he only found more opportunities to create chaos --- until finally, he began to face himself.