Out of My Mind
"This audio production of Alan Arkin's short memoir is top-notch listening. The work is less about the details of the man's life and more about a very smart, very funny octogenarian's search for spiritual meaning. In his inimitable irreverent style, Arkin delivers anecdotes on a range of topics: his parents' conviction that everything would be better if people just lived the way they did, the Holocaust survivor who somehow maintained her positive outlook during all the years of horror, and discoveries he himself made through therapy, meditation, and the support of loved ones. Arkin's familiar voice affirms, 'I have come to no conclusions of any kind, except to feel that it's okay not to know the reason for things.' Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award." (AudioFile magazine) One of the most beloved actors of our time reveals a side of himself not seen on stage or screen. Like many teenagers, 16-year-old Alan Arkin had it all figured out. Then came young adulthood, and with it a wave of doubt so strong it caused him to question everything he thought he knew about himself and the world. Never one to stop seeking, over the next two decades Arkin embarked on a spiritual journey to find something - anything - to believe in. In this Audible Original "mini-memoir", the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.