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Don't think, just write!


That narcissistic feeling
Sherwin Nuland Surgeon
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So, I've been wondering, which is such an easy thing to do when you talk about yourself, because this is essentially an opportunity for my narcissism to come full flow, you're sort of a captive audience, and you're there and you're listening, and I tell myself, gee, he really seems to be interested, so I go more and indulge my need to talk about myself, and that's what I'm sure keeps people in front of the camera, like this one.

Sherwin Nuland (1930-2014) was an American surgeon and author who taught bioethics, the history of medicine, and medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. He wrote the book How We Die which made The New York Times bestseller list and won the National Book Award. He also wrote about his own painful coming of age as a son of immigrants in Lost in America: A Journey with My Father. He used to write for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time, and the New York Review of Books.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: narcissism, camera, interview

Duration: 34 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2011

Date story went live: 04 November 2011