The guiding metaphor in Peter Coyote’s new spiritual biography is drawn from a line in a famous Bob Dylan song. For Coyote, the twin forces Dylan identifies as Texas Medicine and Railroad Gin represent the competing forces of the transcendental, inclusive, and ecstatic world of love and the competitive, status-seeking world of wealth and power. The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education is the tale of a young man caught between these options and the journey that leads him through Greenwich Village jazz bars, government service, and success on stage and screen, and ultimately deep into Zen.
Peter Coyote is an American actor and author, co-founder of the Diggers, and veteran of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Coyote is the author of "The Rainman's Third Cure," and "Sleeping Where I Lie."
Gary Kamiya is author of Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco. He was a co-founder of Salon.com, with David Talbot. He is currently executive editor of San Francisco magazine and writes a weekly history column for the San Francisco Chronicle, “Portals of the Past.”