Stroke Book – Entanglements of Time, Health Care and Queerness

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Jonathan Alexander, author of Stroke Book: The Diary of a Blind Spotin conversation with Dr. Sunita Puri, doctor in palliative medicine

In the summer of 2019, Jonathan Alexander suffered a minor stroke. Stroke Book is a work of creative non-fiction and critical memory. Originally written in the aftermath of this health crisis, it recounts his very encounter with our subjection to time and a recognition that queer time has its own rhythms, fluctuations and perversities. Jonathan Alexander and Dr. Sunita Puri will talk about how he experienced his health crisis in very particular ways that cannot be separated from his experiences in this culture as a queer person – and how the care of medicine responds to those who refuse to engage in disentanglement.

Jonathan Alexander, Professor of English and Gender and Sexuality Studies at UCI, is the author, co-author or co-editor of 22 books, including academic books and memoirs. He focuses on young adult fiction, science fiction, lifespan writing, and multimodal compositional forms such as “fan texts”.

Dr. Sunita Puri is a palliative medicine physician and author of critically acclaimed literary memoirs That Good Night: Life and Medicine at the Eleventh Hour. She wrote for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Slate, JAMAand, to come, the New Yorker. She served as medical director of the palliative medicine department at USC’s Keck Hospital, where she also chaired the ethics committee.

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