A Precarious Genius

Michael Laudor was a role model for those stricken with schizophrenia--then he fell from grace

To recover rationality after being irrational, to recover a normal life, is a great thing," declared John Nash, who awoke from a quarter-century of schizophrenic debilitation to accept the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics. Nash's life, set forth in the new biography, A Beautiful Mind, by journalist Sylvia Nasar, is a miracle of resurrection. Mindful of that fragile journey, Nash pondered, "But maybe it's not such a great thing. Suppose you have an artist. He's rational. But suppose he cannot paint. He can function normally. Is it really a cure? Is it really salvation?" Consider the tragedy of Michael Laudor, who...

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