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.

Tyll. Daniel Kehlmann.

Kehlmann, Daniel. Tyll. Pantheon, New York, 2020. F; 3/20. This ironic picaresque features a 17th-century clown or troubadour and manages to be playful and deadly serious at the same time. Tyll Ulenspiegel cavorts around central Europe during the Thirty Years’ … Continue reading

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The Fortunes of Permanence. Roger Kimball.

Kimball, Roger. The Fortunes of Permanence. St. Augustine’s, South Bend Indiana. 2012. NF;2/20. when everybody’s somebody, nobody’s anybody – W S Gilbert, The Gondoliers I discovered Roger Kimball – who is definitely of the opinion that being “somebody” (and that … Continue reading

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Why Liberalism Failed. Patrick Deneen.

Deneen, Patrick. Why Liberalism Failed. Yale, New Haven, 2018. NF;1/20 The most worthless of mankind are not afraid to condemn in others the same disorders which they allow in themselves; and can readily discover some nice difference in age, character, … Continue reading

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A Thousand Small Sanities. Adam Gopnik.

Gopnik, Adam. A Thousand Small Sanities. Basic Books, New York, 2019. NF;1/20. I decided, ignoring inner “this is naïvely silly” warnings, to look at some current thinking about the tiresome growing polarity that won’t go away: the Left and the … Continue reading

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Why Trust Science? Naomi Oreskes et al.

Oreskes, Naomi et al. Why Trust Science? Princeton, 2019. NF;12/19. This assembly of authoritative essays tackles a monster issue that has been simmering in science academics’ and science philosophers’ esoteric conversations for decades. In the past several years the question … Continue reading

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The Metaphysical Club. Louis Menand.

Menand, Louis. The Metaphysical Club. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2001. NF; 12/19. I went looking for more by Menand after being impressed with his precision and humour in a couple of New Yorker articles, and so dove into … Continue reading

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Vero Bistro, Calgary.

December 2019. In town for a sad family funeral, we needed to (and successfully did) drown our sorrows in a really high-class brunch before getting back on the plane. This place delivers. We wish it were closer to home. It’s … Continue reading

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