Other People & Places

Places I work

University of Pennsylvania: www.upenn.edu

Penn Memory Center: www.pennadc.org

Penn Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy: medicalethics.med.upenn.edu/

Center for Health Incentives: http://www.med.upenn.edu/ldichi/

Penn Center for Neuroscience and Society: www.neuroethics.upenn.edu

The Greenwall Foundation: www.greenwall.org




What I'm reading, following, thinking about, and listening to

Daily check in at www.slate.com

Reading Infinite Jest (hilarious) and re-reading, yet again, Lolita (brilliant writing). Jonathan Simon's "The Ideological Effects of Actuarial Practices" in Law & Society Review 1988 is brilliant. Re-reading as a pair Gillian Tett's Fool's Gold and John Cassidy's How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities. Making lot's of annotations. Together, they make sense of the ideology of risk in the marketplace of medicine & health. Should be required reading for all medical students. -- September 2011 update: Set aside Jest  now re-reading Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin. November -- finished Let the Great... stunning book. Essentially spiritual.

I know that I am not alone in my compulsion - obituaries at http://nytimes.com/pages/obituaries/index.html

Wisdom at Health Affairs: http://www.healthaffairs.org/

Even more wisdom at Zach Meisel's column on Time.com

Over and over in my ears I hear Explosions in the Sky www.explosionsinthesky.com

A slow start, and somewhat reluctant, but I am now engaged with Edward St. Aubyn's Never Mind. Stunning prose writing. Think I'll shred my lastest chapters....

After a July 30th visit to Wilderstein, the Suckley House in Rhinebeck, NY (see photo in Gallery - Places), Margaret "Daisy" Suckley and her intimate relationship with FDR fascinates me -- reading Geoffrey Ward's Closest Companiion: The unknown story of the intimate friendship between Franklin Roosevelt and Margaret Suckley. She was, in a sense, his true wife, the person with whom he shared his deep thoughts and hopes and fears.

Made a September 1st visit to the Beaumont Homestead in Lebanon, CT. The modest structure was the ambitious doctor's boyhood home. After he left it when he has a young man determined to make his name and his fortune, he returned just a few times. Look for photos in the "gallery." November 22 -- just set up a book event at the Homestead. How meta!

12 October 2011 - many thanks to Linda Tseng for sending this link to Brown University comparative literature professor Arnold Weinstein's lecture on "how literature can be used to diagnose, explore, and treat diseases rather than traditional biology. He thinks about medicine and the role of a doctor from a narrative point of view as opposed to just a scientific one, and examines the role that literature plays in medicine and the world."

March 2012 - drinking a lot of brown tea with milk and sugar. Still in the season of the dark liqours (manhattans). Bought a Hugo Boss sports coat. Still reading "Infinite Jest." More or less. Balzac's "Lost Illusions" is like Sentimental Education with half the plot, but with its wit, is still engaging (thanks Jackson).

Two orchids near full bloom. Photos soon....

May 2012 - orchids have bloomed. Rereading Lolita. Harvesting lettuce leaves from the garden and thinking alot about biomarkers, the new lexicon of medicine.