The Human Condition Curated

What's New

Albert Howard Carter on Strangers in Their Own land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Hochschild

"This powerful—even disturbing—book examines the state of Louisiana, with its multiple polluting industries (oil, chemicals), environmental degradation and bad health for all, including children."

Michael Natter on Taking Turns, Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 by MK Czerwiec

“The book, is much more than a story about AIDS care...Czerweic tackles patient/provider relationships, boundaries, hospital struggles, the role of art in medicine and healing, but most profoundly: death and dying.”

Finding Home: Family & Connections -- A Reading from the Bellevue Literary Review

The Editors of the Bellevue Literary Review invite you to: 
Finding Home: Family & Connections -- A Reading from the Bellevue Literary Review
Monday, November 27, 2017 | 6pm
WITH READINGS BY: Perri Klass, Daniel Pearce, Krysta Rodriguez and Jason Schneiderman

Richard Ratzan on The Beautician by Thom Gunn

"By means of diction, syntax and tone, Gunn leaves the reader with a quiet sense of empathy for the beautician, the humanity of friendship and the power of creative gesture when informed with caring."

Marilyn McEntyre on Eros and Illness by David Morris

"Several threads tie together this ambitious, beautifully digressive reflection on eros and logos in the experience of illness and the conduct of medicine and health care, which takes into account what a complex striation of cultural legacies, social and political pressures, and beliefs go into both."

Russell Teagarden on Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures by Eric Kandel

"Eric Kandel, a neuroscientist and Nobel Prize winner, has an abiding interest in how art can inform his primary work in brain science, especially as both art and science can be understood through reductionism."

Sebastian Galbo on Another Country by Karel Schoeman

"Read as a kind of travelogue penned by a terminally ill immigrant, Another Country’s dominant themes, which grow increasingly complex throughout the course of the novel, include social class and patient alterity (or ‘otherness’)."

Albert Howard Carter on No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine by Rachel Pearson

"This engaging memoir describes Pearson's medical training at the University of Texas Medical Branch on Galveston Island from 2009 to 2016."

Cortney Davis on Mandatory Evacuation Zone by Felice Aull

"Felice Aull has gathered 63 beautifully crafted poems in which she examines the intricacies of language and loss, of grief and healing."

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."

Total Database Contents

  • 175 Visual Art Annotations
  • 2735 Literature Annotations
  • 260 Performing Art Annotations
  • 97 Artists
  • 1744 Authors
  • 147 Keywords