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“This is a staggering and beautiful book. It reminded me of the impact of Maus—how an unexpected form suddenly breaks your heart and takes an axe, as Kafka said, to that frozen sea inside us. In all honesty, I found this book…impossible not to read.”—Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!

“Harrowing, hilarious, humbling, triumphant.”—Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder

"Freedman’s assignment is to record the unvarnished, gruesome, and ultimately liberating details of his thirty-five day radiation and chemotherapeutic calendar. And the details are truly fascinating."
--Graphic Medicine

“An amazing book…Matt Freedman manages to make his story come alive, and that’s what every artist/writer/cartoonist is trying for: a moment of focus and clarity that manages to convey personal insight…Freedman’s intelligence and humor comes through so clearly—[this book doesn’t] feel like a fictional [nor] filtered experience…It worked for me.”—Charles Burns, artist

"Relatively Indolent is a work of tremendous courage, talent and zeal, that turns the most difficult experience life can offer into a beautiful, evocative, and even humorous journal that anyone with cancer or without can understand.  It cements my faith that in times of pain, not only is art the best answer, it's the only answer."—Paul Hoffman, bestselling author of The Man Who Loved Only Numbers

 

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MATT FREEDMAN is an artist, writer, and curator who graduated from Harvard College and the University of Iowa and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in sculpture and New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in fiction writing. He co-curated the Paper Sculpture show that began at SculptureCenter in New York, as well as the (B 19) exhibition at Long Island University. Recent solo shows of Freedman’s artwork have been held at Pierogi, FiveMyles, Big&Small/Casual, Valentine, and Studio 10 galleries in Brooklyn. A cartoonist for 12 years out of college, he created the strip "Free Associates," which was published in the Onion, the Chicago Reader, and the Philadelphia City Paper.  His writing has been published by Cabinet Magazine and The Pierogi Press. Freedman lives in Queens, New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160980516X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609805166
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cathy A. Nocquet on May 3, 2014
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Cancer treatment has never been described with such a moving mixture of horror, scathing wit and love. Reading "Relatively Indolent but Relentless" will bring you closer to those who have been ill and prepare you for your turn. I hope Mr Freedman is with us for a long, long time.
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I am a brother of Matt, the author. He has the kind of humor that voices something deeper than you thought you were allowed to say, or even to realize, evoking laughs that come from shared pangs of recognition. Matt has always had an ability to instantly and effortlessly transform the essence of a moment into words or a drawing or both with a prowess that astonishes. The family diner table of our childhood regularly had intellectual notables as guests, and young Matt would turn a phrase that illuminated the the unspoken aspiration and pretense, infused with wit that embraced rather than stung. All would be awed, in part by his virtuosity but even more so at seeing the intangible reified, granite density conjured from the ineffable.

Matt has used his gifts of word and eye to cold forge from the nether world of untreatable cancer the gird work that underpins the short ride for each of us in, through, and ineluctably out of life. What might we report if we had the imperative, the courage, and the gifts to give it form?
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Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant helps readers feel less alone and even laugh about some of the most disturbing and horrible aspects of eldercare. Matt Freedman's Cancer Treatment Journal had the same effect on me. I usually curl up with novels or cheerier fare. But here is this eloquent and warm and wonderful man who, open-eyed, is chronicling his nightmare in a journal and then sharing it with us. It's generous and heroic and yes, sometimes harrowing and heartbreaking. I hope his book does well and he stays as well as possible for as long as possible.
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A wrenching and painfully honest look at one man's cancer treatment ordeal, brightened by the author's whimsical illustrations and his enduring sense of humor. Recommended for anyone facing radiation treatment, and anyone who, for whatever reason, wants to understand the experience from the patient's perspective.
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I went thru the same treatments as Matt did, and reading it was deja vu for me. the thing that I loved the most was the drawings..pure genius! I"ve recommended it to my speech therapist, nurses, and friends.Really, everyone should read it. a truly inspiring document.
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