A Cursed Blessing: The Hidden Gifts in Times of Trial: A Conversation with David Talbot and Sir Michael MoritzThursday June 11 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bestselling journalist and author David Talbot (Season of the Witch), founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon, is known for his out-of-the-box, headline-making insights on everything from current events to popular culture to hidden history, so it’s not surprising that he wrote an illness memoir with a twist. His lauded Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke intimately chronicles the life-changing year following his massive stroke — a year he writes that “saved” him, and not just in a medical sense. In a moving account praised by Dave Eggers as “a deeply affecting examination of mortality, ambition and the priorities of a man who dodged death to live better days,” Talbot details a process of deeply personal and social transformation.
From the remarkable care he received on the stroke ward of Davies Hospital to daily life in recovery, this Type-A journalist was forced to slow down radically, depend on the kindness of others, and learn the day-to-day value of what truly matters. Toward that end, he is launching a new venture, a podcasting network powered by Bay Area talent and based on progressive “San Francisco values.” David will share his experience and new plans in conversation with Sir Michael Moritz, a journalist, author, and venture capitalist who helped launch some of the world’s most significant tech companies of the past 30 years. If you’ve ever wondered what good can come of hardship, or how resilience and humility can work together to move mountains, you won’t want to miss this fascinating, life-affirming conversation.
David Talbot, Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke
Sir Michael Mortiz, Return to the Little Kingdom: How Apple and Steve Jobs Changed the World