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.

The Doomsday Machine. Daniel Ellsberg.

Ellsberg, Daniel. The Doomsday Machine. Bloomsbury, New York 2017. NF;9/18 Ellsberg is now 87 and still going strong. There is no question that he is an anti-war and anti-nuclear extremist, but he is very well-informed and has been near enough … Continue reading

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Conversations With Friends. Sally Rooney.

Rooney, Sally. Conversations With Friends. Faber & Faber, London, 2017. F; 9/18. Mixed feelings, mostly positive. I was hooked by an excerpt that appeared in Granta from Rooney’s latest novel Normal People. The characters were interesting and that later novel … Continue reading

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Fogo de Chao, Portland, Oregon.

September 2018. We were searching for a good steak house in this famously-foodie town for our second night after a lovely meal at Ava Jean’s, a highly-recommended Italiano place. This was the one that still had reservations available at a … Continue reading

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Ava Jean’s. Portland, Oregon.

September 2018. This Italian spot was recommended in review websites, and we chose it as one of a couple of destinations on a weekend in this famously groovy town. The Uber ride over was like something in Latin America or … Continue reading

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Dog Run Moon. Callan Wink.

Wink, Callan. Dog Run Moon. Penguin Random Houjse, New York, 2016. F;8/18. Following my pattern of picking up published works of writers whose short fiction I’ve run across in a periodical looks good, I started this short story collection after … Continue reading

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I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay. John Lanchester.

Lanchester, John. I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay. McClelland and Stewart, New York, 2010. NF; 8/18. Innumeracy is a terrible curse. Although I memorized my way through medical school and can write a respectable expository article, … Continue reading

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The Debt to Pleasure. John Lanchester.

Lanchester, John. The Debt to Pleasure. Picador, London. 1996. F;8/18. I was impressed enough by Lanchester’s article in the July 23, 2018 New Yorker that I read two of his books (this one and I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and … Continue reading

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