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A Review of John Rybicki’s When All the World is Old 

A Review of John Rybicki’s When All the World is Old By Kirsten Clodfelter John Rybicki opens each section of When All the World is Old, his third poetry collection, with excerpts from journal entries written by his late wife, … Continue reading

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Is More Health Care Better?

Is More Health Care Better? Money and Medicine By John Unger Zussman I never envisioned our life together to be possibly shortened. We were looking at cruising off into the sunset and we’re still actively raising children! And here you … Continue reading

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Good News About Breast Cancer? Not So Fast …

I’ve written about cancer previously in these pages. In Against Medical Advice, I recounted what I learned when someone I loved (I called her Bonnie) was diagnosed with breast cancer. In Poisoned, I traced Bonnie’s and my efforts, once her … Continue reading

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FRIDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: BEN MIROV

BLUE BLUE IS THE SKY ABOVE THE LABOR OF FIELDS by BEN MIROV Blue blue is the sky above the labor of sailors… – Tristan Tzara I am interested in things Tristan Tzara would say. I can write a poem … Continue reading

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Not Your Median Patient: How A Climate Scientist Faced Cancer

Not Your Median Patient: How A Climate Scientist Faced Cancer By John Unger Zussman Stephen Schneider, the environmental scientist, died of a heart attack last month at the age of 65. He was a Stanford professor, a member of the … Continue reading

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Poisoned

Poisoned By John Unger Zussman When Bonnie was diagnosed with breast cancer almost two years ago, she was unwilling to chalk it up to random chance. She took it personally. “I wasn’t unlucky,” she said. “I was poisoned.” Last month, … Continue reading

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Against Medical Advice

Against Medical Advice By John Unger Zussman A woman I’ll call Bonnie sat in the exam room with her husband, waiting for her oncologist. They held hands without speaking, wearing thin, brave smiles. (I’ve given Bonnie a pseudonym, and refrained … Continue reading

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