Up with the Birds

Monday, April 06, 2009

Phoebe Snetsinger was a frustrated, depressed 1950’s housewife. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and dedicated the rest of her life to bird watching. Olivia Gentile looks at Phoebe's life, her passion for birds and the line between dedication and pathological obsession in her book Life List.

Event: Olivia Gentile will be reading and signing books
Tuesday, April 21 at 7:15 pm
85 East 4th Street

Comments [2]

Marushka from NYC

I'm a huge fan of LL's show, but he just gave some serious misinformation on his comments about this birdwatching woman. He discredited Linus Pauling's recommendation that by taking mega quantities of vitamin C., you can cure cancer. My father did this and other alternative therapies when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma which was in an advanced stage with lymph nodes affected throughout his body. His oncologist gave him a 50/50 chance of survival with chemo and radiation. He chose alternative therapies. Of course his oncologist said. "You are going to die!" At the time my father was 7. He is now 90 and sharp and active. Doctors regularly marvel
at how healthy and vital he is, when he tells themhis
cancer story they tell him "I don't believe in alternative
therapy." Well, good for them, but for my father is living proof. I'm sure his doctor would be thrilled to give Leonard Lopate an alternative view, in addition to facts and figures.

Apr. 06 2009 01:01 PM
bas from brooklyn

The General in charge of the English effort in WWII
who worked with Churchill ( Marshall's counterpart)
was also very depressed and highstrung and the only activity that relieved him from his pressures was
birdwatching. Anyone who wanted to break thru his reserve had only to give him a book on birding.

Apr. 06 2009 12:50 PM

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