Dance pseudomacabre

William Carlos Williams.  The baby is in a smother of sheets and crumpled blankets. Its left eye closed, its right partly opened. It emits a soft whining cry continuously at every breath. It can’t be more than a few weeks old. Will it live? It is the mother: a great tender-eyed blonde. Great full breasts. Read More …

Death from the other side of the bed

Ian Rankin. I don’t really blame people for shunning the dying. I try to do it myself, not physically but mentally by painting other pictures in my head. My mother has perhaps less than a week to live. If what she’s doing now is living. Not living, just there. At least I can go to Read More …

Give me back my love – Orfeo’s doomed quest

Commentary All of us, doctors or health workers or patients, will suffer loss in our lives. That loss may be disappointment in an examination or a relationship, loss of faith in an ideal, or most seriously, loss through death of someone whom we love. Grief constitutes the suffering that always accompanies and follows loss. In Read More …

A remote doctor in 1948 Colorado

Every few years Eugene Smith’s classic Life magazine photostory is uncovered again. See all the photos in better resolution (Time Magazine). Commentary It is an extraordinary record, beautifully captured, which follows a new young doctor, Ernest Ceriani, one year into his experience in rural America in the late 1940s. The item was a massive success Read More …