Home Before Dark

Union Square Press
(April 6, 2010)
Hardcover: 256 pages
$22.95

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Michael

Since about age 5, the home of my childhood was Weston, MA, a fairly stereotypical, preppy New England town where button downs and blazers were sort of the unofficial dress code. Not hipster blazers either. Blue blazers; with brass buttons and no irony. When I turned 18, I decided to leave my Nantucket red pants and boating dockers behind and went to college in New York City, where I attended Columbia University. I didn't have a clue what I wanted to study or what I wanted to do with my life. Since I had always loved playing and listening to music, I ended up studying music history. 

After graduating I got swept up in the final days of the dot com bubble, which burst almost as soon as I joined it. For the next several years I worked in and around the world of internet startups and venture capital. During that time I realized that I really did NOT enjoy making money, and needed to find a career where I could still work as hard, but for a lot less pay. Academia seemed very promising, and having been born into a family of doctors and healers, I decided to stay true to my roots and become a clinical neuroscientist. I am currently a 4th year graduate student in the clinical psychology program at Vanderbilt University, where I study the neurobiology of depression. I also work with patients as a therapist. 

On the off chance that this bio has not satiated your desire for information about me, you can also visit the following links: 

Here's a link to my website at the Vanderbilt University Department of Psychology: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/psychological_sciences/treadway

Here's a link to a live performance of mine playing a the 1st movement of Brahms' piano trio in B major, Op.8: http://www.adrianlauf.com/pianotrio/index.html