Conference Call 009: Lauren Marks
Our monthly-ish Podcast with Michael, Phil, & Brian from Sharkpig - Produced By Mike Cruz.
this is episode 009 - Lauren Marks was twenty-seven, singing karaoke in a bar in Scotland with her friends, when an aneurysm ruptured in her brain and left her fighting for her life. She woke up in a hospital soon after with serious deficiencies to her reading, speaking, and writing abilities, and an unfamiliar diagnosis: aphasia. This would be shocking news for anyone, but Lauren was a voracious reader, an actress, director, and dramaturg, and at the time of the event, pursuing her PhD. At any other period of her life, this diagnosis would have been a devastating blow. But she woke up...different. The way she perceived her environment and herself had profoundly changed, her entire identity seemed crafted around a language she could no longer access. She returned to her childhood home to recover, grappling with a muted inner monologue and fractured sense of self. We met Lauren under odd circumstances and she has been blowing our minds and cracking us up ever since. This is a GREAT episode.