Michael Mayson

Michael Mayson and his son, Ellis, contemplating the big questions

Age: 49
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Writer

What did it mean for you to be a part of this book?
When I was invited to participate in Black, White, Other, my position—on life, race, society, living—though sincere, was formed through the tiny hazy lenses of 28 years. The ensuing 20 have presented challenges, appeals to love and common sense, and an abundance of moral and ethical dilemmas to affirm or unhinge who I imagined me to be then. I’m unspeakably grateful for my mother and father, who taught me how to think. And over time, I hope that both my thinking and my essence have grown more compassionate, loving, forgiving, and kind than I was interested in or thought myself capable. Black, White, Other was an opportunity to celebrate the differences and nuances and hues and shades of Spirit. The time since has reminded me, as I believe, we are all children of a Loving, Infinite, and Indescribable One who cares for us all. So thank you Lise. For your book, your inspiration, your commitment, and your friendship. And always, and only the best.
Love, Mike