Living in an emergency room during Covid

Thomas Fisher’s new book, The Emergency, details his life as an emergency room physician at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he worked for 20 years. It offers a close-up look at a hospital during the pandemic and also zooms out to address the systemic issues affecting American healthcare.

“This book was conceived before Covid,” Fisher says on this week’s podcast. “But Covid has exposed so much of what I wanted to discuss from the start. So in a way it was oddly random. It was an opportunity to discuss many details with much more vivid relief because we’ve had this pandemic that laid out all the things that have been a problem for so long.”

Critic and essayist Maud Newton’s first book, Ancestor Trouble, details her investigations into the fascinating and at times disturbing history of her family and reflects our culture’s increasing obsession with genealogy.

“Allowing ourselves to truly envision our ancestors in all their fullness—the difficult and bad things they did and of course the wonderful things they did—can just be a truly transformative experience,” says Newton. “I’ve found that the line between imagination and spirituality has blurred a lot over the course of writing this book.”

Also on this week’s episode, Dwight Garner and Molly Young discuss books they’ve recently reviewed. Host is John Williams.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/01/books/review/podcast-thomas-fisher-emergency-ancestor-trouble-maud-newton.html Living in an emergency room during Covid

Isaiah Colbert

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