Paul Goodman was perhaps one of the greatest philosophical minds of our times. Best-known for his book, Growing Up Absurd, published in 1960, Goodman was often described as "utopian" in his theoretical outlook and philosophy. He was the prototypical starving artist- discouraged and marginalized, rarely making ends meet to support his wife and two children. Midlife found him overwhelmed with uncertainty. It was during this time that he met Fritz and Laura Perls and became one of the first students at the New York Institute. Perls' ideas blended well with Goodman's and they were soon involved in a rich collaboration to co-author the writing of the 1951 edition of Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality.