Back from Australia. Marvelous trip—I got the feeling, from the crowds of docs and other health care people, that they were looking at Shem as the “Dylan of Medicine.”—as a figure who spoke truth to power in medicine, i.e, resisted—because it was somehow up to me to tell that tale. The day after Dylan won the Nobel, I was on Australian Radio (the clip is on Shem’s Facebook), and read the last verse of one of Dylan’s best songs on the air: “Up to Me”:
“If we never meet again, baby remember me,
How my lone guitar played sweet for you that old-time melody,
And the harmonic around my neck, I blew it for you, free
No one else could play that tune, you know it was up to me.”
As in the citation, on Publishers Weekly’s recent list of “The 10 Best Satires of All Time” of THE HOUSE OF GOD as Number 2:
“My God! It was like being brought to the wall of fire that is TRUTH and having one’s eyes held open by a pair of red hot toothpicks. Extreme situations bring out the extremes of human foibles, and few situations are more extreme than the first years of being a doctor. Set in a lightly disguised Boston hospital of high repute, Shem’s novel dives deep into the agony of absurdity.”
–Publisher’s Weekly 2016 list of “The 10 Best Satires of All Times” The House of God is Number 2 (#1 Don Quixote; #3 Catch-22)
Looking forward very much to being onstage with Janet and Katie and Adam Pertman, adoption guru—Nov 14, at Soho Playhouse at 7. See y’there.
And please join us @ the book launch for At the Heart of the Universe:
Best-selling author Samuel Shem discusses his latest novel, At The Heart of the Universe (Seven Stories Press), from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the SoHo Playhouse, New York City. Joining Shem for this deeply personal evening of story-telling and dialogue with the audience will be his wife, the author Janet Surrey, and their daughter, Katie Surrey Bergman–and moderator Adam Pertman (Adoption Nation).