An astute post from someone who “believes in using numbers to understand and manage programs.” Nonetheless, or perhaps precisely for that reason, Ms. Bowie appreciates the kind of care that God’s Hotel recounts: http://asbowie.blogspot.com/2012/08/gods-hotel-by-victoria-sweet.html
Just back from my walking/pilgrimage tour in Burgundy. We started in Troyes, where the first European fairs started in the twelfth century, and we ended in Charite sur Loire, built up in the fourteenth century, and on the way passed through Vezelay. It started as a walking tour, but turned into a pilgrimage after Vezelay. This part of France is depopulated, or perhaps better, reforested and re-animaled, and it is beautiful, quiet and very far away.
In the meantime, Timberman/Beverly Productions, on the lot at CBS, picked up the option to turn God’s Hotel into a television series.
There is other exciting news in the offing, too.
A kind review in the Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/books/20120529-gods-hotel-appreciates-modern-medical-advances-while-exploring-counter-revolutionary-medicine.ece?ssimg=585520
Dr. Sweet was invited to give an Author@Google talk. For the whole talk from the beginning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr1SY3c3KdM
If you want to watch just a piece, here is Dr. Sweet. on Hildegard of Bingen and Viriditas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr1SY3c3KdM#t=14m38s
On Slow Medicine and the miraculous healing of Terry Becker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr1SY3c3KdM#t=16m15s
The Conclusion and Google Q&A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr1SY3c3KdM#t=31m20s
This is the first Canadian review, I think: http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/06/22/review-gods-hotel-a-doctor-a-hospital-and-a-pilgrimage-to-the-heart-of-medicine/.
She seems to have gotten the overall story just right.
I particularly appreciated this lovely review in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/159090695.html
For a well-written interview about God’s Hotel, slow medicine, the efficiency of inefficiency, and the inefficiency of efficiency, see http://www.more.com/slow-medicine
Plus, you get the first chapter as an excerpt! http://www.parade.com/news/2012/06/gods-hotel-excerpt.html
An interview with a visiting historian at my Department of History and Social Medicine at UCSF: http://anthropologyhistorysocialmedicine.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/victoria-sweet-author-of-gods-hotel-talks-about-the-role-on-the-humanities-in-the-medical-training/