He said, ‘Watchful waiting is not a good option in this patient.’ Part 1 of Prostrated by my prostate

Enemies of Reading | November 30th, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Hugh Gilmore I’ve considered a hundred opening sentences for this series of articles about my recent diagnosis of prostate cancer, each of them carrying its own attitude: serious, humorous, poetic, philosophic, wry, ironic, sad, indifferent, even – since this is a print newspaper – journalistic. Yes, that’s the ticket: a brave new series giving […]

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‘Goffman Sent Me,’ featuring Muhammad Ali, Rocky Graziano, Tony Zale, Norman Mailer and Joey from South Philly, Part 3 (conclusion)

Enemies of Reading | June 29th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Goffman, boss of bosses where I was concerned, was waiting for my report. Everything, absolutely everything, I collected by eavesdropping among the natives of the “Mike Douglas Show,” on TV. His deadline was December 16. He wanted it typed, double-spaced. “If you’re not done typing it, turn in the handwritten manuscript. If […]

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