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The activist, atheist and best-selling author on cancer, Connecticut and the appeal of voodoo
You're a noted and staunch atheist. Yet much of your memoir Living With a Wild God is about your own mystical encounters. Why?
I don't even think the word yet is right because as I've learned since I was 17, when these things happened, all kinds of people have uncanny experiences which they can see as transcendental or unspeakable or whatever, and some of these people are atheists.
What form did these mystical experiences take?
There were no visions, no hallucinations, no voices. The only way I could finally find to put it after all these years is that it was as if the world came to life. The whole world was in flame. It was kind of ecstatic and kind of terrifying.