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Topic of Cancer
Code: 78  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Science & Environment
Friday, May 18 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Masha Gessen, Joshua Cody, Lisa Pryor (facilitator)
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Around one-third of us will face cancer at some time in our lives and most of us hope to be able to tell survival stories at the other end, but it is what happens between diagnosis and survival that is the dark, painful and ultimately solitary journey that the person with cancer must embark upon. Writers can document this epic fight and both illuminate the illness and encourage us with their tales of recovery. In Blood Matters Masha Gessen writes of her response to learning she inherited the genetic mutation that produces breast cancer, prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews. Joshua Cody was a thirtysomething composer in New York when he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that did not respond to chemotheraphy. [sic] is his brilliant memoir of creativity, sex, drugs and – yes – being treated for cancer. They talk to Lisa Pryor.

Supported by Belgiovane Williams Mackay.

Change from printed program: New venue: Sydney Dance 1

Joshua Cody (International)

Joshua Cody was just about to receive his PhD when he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. Facing a bone-marrow transplant and full radiation, he charts his struggle: the fury, the tendency to self-destruction and the ruthless grasping for life and sensation in his book [sic]. Joshua received his bachelor’s degree in music composition from Northwestern University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. He is a composer living in New York City.

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Lisa Pryor (Australian)

Lisa Pryor is a journalist, writer and medical student. She is the author of two non-fiction books: The Pin Striped Prison: How overachievers get trapped in corporate jobs they hate and, most recently, A Small Book About Drugs.

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Masha Gessen (International)

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and author, and editor of the Russian-language Snob magazine, aimed at Russians living abroad. She has contributed to Granta, Slate and the New Statesman, among other publications. She is the author of several previous books including Perfect Rigour, Blood Matters and The Man Without a Face. She lives in Moscow.

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