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The Point of Vanishing

A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude
Narrated by: Howard Axelrod
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
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On a clear May afternoon at the end of his junior year at Harvard, Howard Axelrod played a pick-up game of basketball. In a skirmish for a loose ball, a boy's finger hooked behind Axelrod's eyeball and left him permanently blinded in his right eye. A week later, he returned to the same dorm room, but to a different world. A world where nothing looked solid, where the distance between how people saw him and how he saw had widened into a gulf.

Desperate for a sense of orientation he could trust, he retreated to a jerry-rigged house in the Vermont woods, where he lived without a computer or television, and largely without human contact, for two years. He needed to find, away from society's pressures and rush, a sense of meaning that couldn't be changed in an instant.

©2015 Howard Axelrod (P)2016 Tantor

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"A vibrant, honest, and poetic account of how two years of solitude surrounded by nature changed a man forever." ( Kirkus)

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