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May 18, 2020

"The Kingdom" — Emmanuel Carrère

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What a strange and compelling book, originally published in France in 2014 and in an English translation in 2017.

Long (400 pages) novel short: Carrère weaves elements of his own early 1990s born-again conversion to Catholicism and subsequent disillusionment with it into a historical investigation of the radical roots of the early church, imagining Paul and Luke and their growing small circle of believers in what we now refer to as the first century C.E.

Read the beginning here.

Ecstatic reviews here, here, here, and here.

May 18, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Shelter in place — Part 2

May 18, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: "When you arrive at a Code, first take your own pulse."

 

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I first heard the advice up top during my third year of med school and thought it was a joke but after many years running to hundreds of Code Blues it makes perfect sense.

The whole point is to slow down, take a chill pill, and grasp the big picture when you first appear on the scene.

Standing there for a few seconds with your fingers on your own pulse is an excellent way of focusing on what needs to be done to save a life hanging in the balance.

The best way to take your own pulse: Place your index and middle fingertips lightly on your opposite wrist, along the long axis of your forearm, one inch proximal (away from) the base of your hand where it meets your wrist, toward the thumb side of your wrist, next to the tendons running down the center of your forearm.

If you'd rather not count for yourself, there's always the Apple Watch.

May 18, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

"Zombie"

I was electrified the first time I heard this song back in 1994.

Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan, R.I.P.

May 18, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Notepad

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From the website:

Notepad is an erasable reusable and restickable adhesive pad.

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You can write with any ballpoint pen and erase with any eraser!

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We made special sizes for iPhone 8 and X/XS, rectangular pads for laptops, and yellow squares for everything else: tablets, other phones, water bottle, refrigerator, etc.

Notepad. Write. Erase. Repeat.

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• Larger Rectangle (Laptop): 2.7" x 3.5"

• Smaller Rectangle (Laptop): 2.5" x 2.8"

• Square: 2.75" x 2.75"

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$9.95.

May 18, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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