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Guy Glass on Dear Evan Hansen by Pasek & Paul

"Dear Evan Hansen is a critically acclaimed musical that opened on Broadway in December 2016.  It is loosely based on an incident experienced by one of its creators (Benj Pasek) while in high school, involving the suicide of a fellow student."

Mona Saleh on Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi

"This autobiography speaks to the incredible strength and power of the author, who was able to rise above systematic misogyny which met her at every corner, and become the master of her own fate."

Albert Howard Carter on Waking the Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul by Andrew Schulman

"Andrew Schulman is a New York guitarist...His memoir describes his experience as a patient in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), where he was briefly clinically dead. Six months later he began a part-time career as a guitarist playing for patients and staff in that very same SICU."


Gabriel Redel-Traub on Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

"Oshinsky’s affection for Bellevue as an institution, for its physicians and for its hallowed place in the history of New York City shines throughout making the book both exciting and relevant for the modern reader."

Mark Clark on The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live by Arthur Frank

"The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live contemplates the phenomenon of generosity as it is realized in the stories of physicians and patients."

Russell Teagarden on The Knick directed by Steven Soderbergh

"...The Knick was inspired by the Knickerbocker Hospital, founded in Harlem in 1862 to serve the poor...The central character, the chief surgeon Dr. John Thackery, is modeled on a famous surgeon of the time, Dr. William Halsted..."


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  • 2705 Literature Annotations
  • 258 Performing Art Annotations
  • 96 Artists
  • 1732 Authors
  • 145 Keywords