Author Archives: John Sloan

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 40 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.

Dance to the Tune of Life: Biological Relativity. Denis Noble.

Noble, Denis. Dance to the Tune of Life: Biological Relativity. Cambridge, Cambridge 2016. NF; 1/21. A fan of ideas about science and about evolution in particular, I was impressed with this polemic. It attacks the orthodox “Neo-Darwinist” view on inherited … Continue reading

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The Bad Side of Books. DH Lawrence.

Lawrence, D. H. The Bad Side of Books. New York Review Books (Geoff Dyer ed), New York, 2019. NF?12/20. I’ve been a DH Lawrence fan since the 1960s when I was an English lit major. His novels (The Rainbow and … Continue reading

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Miku, Vancouver

December 2020 What a lovely experience. I don’t know why, but when we made the reservation here for lunch on our early-December anniversary mid-week in the city, I expected one of the subgenres of Chinese food, high-class variety. It was … Continue reading

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The Orchard Keeper. Cormac McCarthy.

McCarthy, Cormac. The Orchard Keeper. Vintage, New York, 1965. F; 11/20. A friend listing the books on his “to be read” shelf mentioned this. Classic fiction is sometimes surprisingly rewarding (Middlemarch, Mrs. Dalloway). I’ve read McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses … Continue reading

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A Manual for Cleaning Women. Lucia Berlin.

Berlin, Lucia. A Manual for Cleaning Women. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2015 (stories all published previously here selected posthumously) F;11/20. This is a big collection (43 stories) of mostly linked and mostly autobiographical tales written by a sort … Continue reading

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Or What You Will. Jo Walton.

Walton, Jo. Or What You Will. Tom Doherty, New York, 2020. F;10/20. Almost 30 years ago I somehow convinced my wife and three young kids to spend a year with me in the south of France. It changed all of … Continue reading

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From Here to Eternity. James Jones

Jones, James. From Here to Eternity. Scribner’s New York 1951. Unabridged edition Open Road New York, 2011. 8/20 This novel, first published in the decade after World War II ended, sold well and then was in 1953 made into a … Continue reading

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Deacon King Kong. James McBride.

McBride, James. Deacon King Kong. Riverhead (Penguin Random House) New York, 2020. F;7/20. This is a serious and at times strongly affecting story and a hard look at crime and poverty in 1969 black-neighbourhood Brooklyn. Mr McBride is an accomplished … Continue reading

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The Mandibles. Lionel Shriver.

Shriver, Lionel. The Mandibles. HarperCollins London 2016. F;6/20. Most fiction, at least what I read these days, is written from a left-of-centre point of view. In keeping with my mostly imaginary political stripe – centrist, or pragmatist – I have … Continue reading

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Nagomi, Gibsons BC

June 2020 Visiting this lovely little restaurant broke our three-month Covid-isolation–associated eating-out fast. Here on the Sunshine Coast we’ve been lucky to have very little of the virus around, and restaurants including this one are now opening with suitable contagion safety … Continue reading

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