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Pain Studies - by Lisa Olstein (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 192

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press

Author: Lisa Olstein

Language: English

Street Date: March 4, 2020
TCIN: 77124235
UPC: 9781942658689
Item Number (DPCI): 247-47-4159


Advance Praise for Pain Studies

"Lisa Olstein's luminous meditation on pain winds around a beautifully curated series of artifacts. Bits of poetry, ancient medicine, brain science, television episodes, excerpts from the trial of Joan of Arc, and works of art support the spiderweb on which her insights hang like condensed mist. A fascinating, totally seductive read!" --Eula Biss, author of Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays and On Immunity: An Inoculation

"Olstein offers readers an eclectic and deeply personal set of meditations on pain as experienced and remembered, inflicted and endured, perceived and denied. Through neuroscience, literature, and history, from hit TV shows to classical philosophy, this is a unique and fascinating contribution to the literature of pain in general, and migraine in particular." --Katherine Foxhall, author of Migraine: A History

"In Pain Studies, Olstein paints a sharp-witted and insightful picture of the rollercoaster ride that is called pain. Her own experiences allow her to approach the topic in a way that provides relevant reading to anyone treating or living with chronic pain. As doctors, we need to find more effective ways to help patients dealing with pain. This book is a step in that direction." --Jill Heytens, M.D., neurologist

"Olstein's remarkable Pain Studies is a book built of brain and nerve and blood and heart, about what it means to live with pain. Irreverent and astute, synthesizing the personal and the historical, popular culture and poetry and visual art, Pain Studies will change how you think about living with a body in our beautiful and doomed world." --Elizabeth McCracken, author of Thunderstruck and Bowlaway

"Like a prismatic series of artist's sketches, Pain Studies offers a dazzling variety of perspectives--personal, political, phenomenological, lyrical--on the unanswerable question of human suffering. Through virtuosic readings of everything from pre-Socratic philosophy to the trial transcripts of Joan of Arc to the cultural semiotics of House M.D., Olstein brilliantly extends the literature of pain into our contemporary historical moment. But this searching work also illuminates how pain studies us. Turning the last page on Olstein's agonistic anatomy, we've come to know one of hurt's intimate acquaintances, unbroken by her suffering, or if broken in parts, then painstakingly remade." --Srikanth Reddy, author of Voyager and Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry

"These spectacular sentences chart a thrilling investigation into pain, language, and Olstein's own exile from what Woolf called 'the army of the upright.' On a search path through art, science, poetry, and prime-time television, Olstein aims her knife-bright compassion at the very thing we're all running from. Pain Studies is a masterpiece." --Leni Zumas, author of The Listeners and Red Clocks

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