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Writing Lessons from NY Times Magazine, Part I

I love the New York Times Magazine. At first glance, this may seem a low risk, even dull, statement. But the truth is that reading this weekly hodgepodge of facts and articles and photos, of politics and science and culture and fiction, is almost a secret pleasure. It’s varied. It’s easy to read. There’s almost [...]

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Writing about Old Age

In the New York Times review of A History of the Present Illness, Abigail Zugar noted that I write “lovely, nuanced description” and have joined “the ranks of those immortalizing the small, realistic retails of modern medical care.” That was nice, but perhaps more interesting was the following comment: “[She] is at her best in [...]

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Top 10 Doctor-Writers

aka Ten Doctor Writers Everyone Should Read Let me just start by acknowledging that top 10 lists are: absurd, biased, intriguing, powerful, useless, helpful, and ubiquitous – depending of course on the topic, its author, and you, its reader. Some of this author’s biases: -          I like a good story -          I love muscular, original [...]

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