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Relatively Indolent but Relentless: A Cancer Treatment Journal Hardcover – April 29, 2014
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“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."
“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
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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Harrowing and painfully illustrated story of cancer treatment. 5 stars for visceral impact. Can't avoid rooting for the author and suffering sympathetic pains - not for the faint... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amolo Ngweno
In almost the same time frame, starting in October of 2012, I went through a very similar experience as Matt Freedman. Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by D. Smith
Great book, I have throat cancer cells also, loved reading this book.Published on July 12, 2014 by Glenn A Gilmore