Bethany Saltman’s capacity for deep thinking and profound analysis has been extraordinarily helpful to me as she has undertaken research on my behalf. She uses her fine mind with galvanizing energy; she is meticulous, broad-ranging, and original, and I count myself lucky to work with her.
-- Andrew Solomon, President, PEN Foundation, author of Far from the Tree, Noonday Demon, and many others
“Saltman presents our early relationships with our parents as a scattering of tea leaves from which we can predict all our future relationships, both with our children and others.”
Separate, connect. Separate, connect. It’s the primal dance of finding ourselves in another, and another in ourselves.
I have always believed that the policy we wrote was semiotically profound, emotionally powerful, and culturally transformative. And yet I have also looked back at that time at Antioch with some personal chagrin, even shame, embarrassed to have been riding my high horse so publicly.
Though at the time, it was annoying and even embarrassing, I can now appreciate my dad’s relentless pursuit of his own vision, asking the waitress at Big Boy to bring a bowl of lemons so he could fix up the hollandaise he ordered in copious amounts on the side of his Eggs Benedict.
Saltman: Your analogy between organized religion and rape is pretty inflammatory. Is that intentional?
Harris: I can be even more inflammatory than that. If I could wave a magic wand and get rid of either rape or religion, I would not hesitate to get rid of religion.
The poet Emily Dickinson wrote, “The things that never can come back, are several,” and aren’t we fortunate? Once that jelly-stained doll is out the..
Bethany Saltman’s research is not just competent, comprehensive, and extremely thorough, which would be enough. It is creative and inspired. Her remarkable enthusiasm about her work and her writers’ projects is infectious. She helped me do some of my best writing.
-- Wednesday Martin, author of Primates of Park Avenue and Stepmonster
"What I got by hiring Bethany was a strategist. Bethany pushed me to map out the big picture of my brand before diving into the details, and provided coaching, asking me tough questions to keep me on task. The result was a clear idea and direction of brand and platform, which helped me land a well-known blog, meetings with important media outlets, and compelling consulting projects. Bethany is a true partner."
-- Erica Keswin, MBA, Principal, OPR
I would wake up from these dreams a bit flustered, but also knowing—a deep, crazy knowing—that this was not about Daido; this was a dream of God loving me.
Bethany Saltman: You write, “Happiness is not a concept I tend to dwell on. Chinese parenting does not address happiness.” Don’t you think that the ..