Tuesday, July 05, 2011

First Paragraph


Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph of the current book you are reading.
This week I'm beginning to read a book by Jacob Lieb Cohen. His book is a series of short stories and is available at Amazon. He has some interesting insights on his blog too that make me laugh.
Psychiatry is bullshit. It’s puzzling that psychiatrists are considered real doctors, while dentists aren’t. Psychiatry is the only medical specialty that’s incapable of actually knowing anything. Where else does the patient’s description of his own symptoms constitute almost the entire basis of diagnosis? It’s the only medical specialty that considers questionnaires diagnostic tools. Five psychiatrists dispense six diagnoses. I’d be better off going to a rabbi.


Okay, I love this opening because I've thought this before. Heck, I hate it when the eye doctor asks me, "Which is clearer, lens 1 or lens 2?" And I'm thinking, shouldn't you be telling me?
According to the blurb on Amazon, Leib Cohen's stories deal with "themes of panic, anger and disorientation." All things I can relate to.
Would you keep reading?

5 comments:

Double Yes said...

YESSSSSSS.

Writers who create humor out of the human condition, okay my conditions, where would I be with out them....

Love short stories too.

Tuesday Already ! said...

Thanks for this weekly column.

judifreud said...

hilarious! + love to read short stories.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I would keep reading because I had a chuckle from this intro, and I am sure there are a few more in there somewhere....good pick!

JoAnn said...

I love short stories... this definitely captured my attention!

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