When the author was nine, his teacher thought he was “retarded” and sentenced him to a corner of the gym with a stout woman and a pile of flash-cards. Eventually this so-called retarded kid completed a doctorate, conducted research with an MIT consortium, and was hired to consult for an iconic American corporation. Oops!

As an adult, he learned that he suffered from learning and neurological problems with so many names he just called them all “Dave.” And, he also learned that the world preferred Dave stay hidden.

Daveland is a darkly humorous memoir written like a novel about a man who leaves everything to write and travel. He thought he would chase a little Spanish and tango, only to find that something was chasing him.

An Audio Experience:

Using sound and music to accent literature, Daveland is an example of what is possible in the new media.  In some ways it’s old media, a nod to radio theater. To the left are three videos: a short trailer, an interview with the author, and the first chapter of Daveland. Put on your headphones and enjoy. (Warning: Daveland is a very adult memoir and is not recommended for anyone under 17.)  Welcome to Daveland.

Daveland Trailer:

A Message From the Author:

Daveland Introduction:

For Purchase Information and Links to Audio Distributors Start Here:


Cristina Deptula, reviewer at Synchronized Chaos Magazine, San Francisco, CA:

“(Struggling with a double life) places Daveland within a broader context of literature concerning internal conflict and self-discovery; however, Daveland is unique because of its readability and narrative style, and because it brings these literary qualities to the often dry, clinical world of learning differences…”

(For Cristina’s entire review, go to: SynchronizedChaos.com.

Christopher Bernard, author of A Spy in the Ruins and editor of the literary journal Caveat Lector, San Francisco, CA:

“Castleberg’s travel memoir describes a journey into the most foreign of all lands—the self. Eloquently written, with pithy insights, quirky wit, and moments of intense lyricism, Daveland offers what many readers of memoirs seek:  an undauntedly honest look at self and world from the hand of a born writer.”

Dr. Tara Murphy, clinical neuropsychologist, London, England:

“[The] book offers a tangible insight into living with a neurological condition and places it alongside a rich palate of autobiographical experience. The narrative is funny, heart-warming, and poignant; it lends the reader images that remain for long after the book is closed.”

(Note: There’s only one person in the world uniquely qualified to make the following comments; unfortunately it’s my former spouse. However, no one can argue with her right to say it.)

Dr. Jude Garnier, manager of leadership development for Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, WA:

“This book offers insight not found in educational texts or trade books. As a long-tenured teacher of students with “learning disabilities” I really didn’t understand what I was up against until I lived with Marty. Over our 17 years together, I watched him daily confront a world out of step with his own. His reflective spirit and irreverent sense of humor guide this story, offering a wide-open window into the experience of those labeled with the misnomer “learning disabled.”


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