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Afterwards, You're a Genius: Faith, Medicine, and the Metaphysics of Healing

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A "compelling" (Vogue) exploration of New Age healing practices.
Paperback, 398 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Riverhead Trade (first published December 28th 1998)
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Paul Wilner
Nov 25, 2007 Paul Wilner added it
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Brown, one of the best known magazine journalists in the country, originally started this as a project for Tina Brown's New Yorker but didn't give them what they wanted; he starts out as a skeptic then becomes increasingly sympathetic, though never credulous. A fascinating look at a world too often dismissed by the self-important rationalists (Hitchens) or hyped by the New Agers. Worth reading as a literary document alone; interesting for what else it might have to offer, too.
Laura Cowan
Jan 05, 2014 Laura Cowan rated it liked it
Because this is the story of a skeptical journalist going through an investigation into energy healing and metaphysics and what these practices and areas of inquiry had to say about his own life and need of healing, not to mention an expanded way of experiencing and evaluating the world, I suppose it is valuable that we track with the author through the whole process. It can be hard to read all the way through this, though, with so much arguing back and forth and proving things from the ground u ...more
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Chip Brown caught my eye two decades ago with a strong New Yorker article (“I Now Walk Into the Wild,” about the doomed young hiker Chris McCandless). Even in that great magazine the article stood out for its eloquence, balance and sensitivity. I picked up this book looking for something similar on the topic of non-standard medical treatment. As in the New Yorker, Brown ponders rather than opines here, in an anecdotal style that's always clever, and often brilliant.

Like his readers, Brown believ
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I think this guy likes to hear himself prattle and yammer.
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