Warwick Sweeney: Hardy Tree

This is an extremely interesting book by Warwick Sweeney, with a foreword by Pr Andrew Lees, on Dr Dent’s treatment of apomorphine, on William Burroughs, and on the evolution of the medical area since the fifties in the domain of drugs and the changes of the nature of relation towards patients in the economical context. Hence, the lightening it brings on those latest decades allows a better understanding of the present goals, very useful to health workers and to potential or actual patients as well.

The edition itself by Bracket Press is very good quality, containing many black and white and color illustrations and original documents, for a cheap price compared to the result.

Isabelle Aubert-Baudron


HARDY TREE – A Doctor’s Bible
by J. Warwick Sweeney

The current rises in anxiety, depression, mental ill-health and addiction are out of control. In the middle of the 20th century, John Yerbury Dent, a pioneering London doctor from the ‘do no harm’ tradition, campaigned for a deeper understanding of these ailments, better treatments and policies. Few listened.

Hardy Tree is a biographical novel written by Dent’s grandson, J Warwick Sweeney, and plots the life of Dent using the doctor’s own writings; his unpublished memoirs and correspondence.

Towards the end of Dent’s life an anonymous and unfulfilled literary genius suffering from heroin addiction came to London. Knocking at death’s door he was sent to knock on Dent’s. His name: William Seward Burroughs.

Hardy Tree is the previously untold story of Burroughs’ rebirth and the crucial part played by his doctor’s compassion, and the lost art of healing. An inspirational and timely story.

Production details: 215mm x 153mm, 448 pages, litho printed on Munken Premium Cream 90gsm, illustrated (colour + b/w), black endpapers, sewn-section binding with fully blocked cover and printed dust jacket. Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies. Weight: 1kg approx.
ISBN 978-1-9996740-3-8. Publishing date: 23 August 2019.
RRP: £30.00 + P&P

This book is only available to pre-order from www.bracketpress.co.uk
at special pre-order price: £23 + P&P.

La machine à rêver à En ces lieux… des livres 2019

Comme lors de ma participation aux festivals d’années précédentes, la dreamachine (machine à rêver) était présente le dimanche 28. Ci-dessous avec Henri Boileau, le 28 août 2019. Pour plus de documentation, voir les documents de recherche effectués par le réseau Interzone, les pages d’Interzone Editions et le livre « Le Temps des Naguals – Autour de Burroughs et Gysin« , en version imprimée ou en pdf.

Voir également les recherches récentes sur l’utilisation des ondes cérébrales dans les articles suivants parus dans des revues scientifiques:

How flashing lights and pink noise might banish Alzheimer’s, improve memory and more (Nature, 18 février 2018) Traduction google approximative: « Comment les lumières clignotantes et le bruit rose pourraient-ils bannir la maladie d’Alzheimer, améliorer la mémoire, etc.

Scientists ‘Clear’ Alzheimer’s Plaque From Mice Using Only Light And Sound (Science alert, 15 mars 2019) « Des scientifiques nettoient la plaque d’Alzheimer chez des souris seulement avec des lumières et des sons » Traduction google approximative

Isabelle AUBERT-BAUDRON, le 28 juillet 2019.  Photo Francine DELAIGLE

Ci-dessous avec Henri Boileau

En ces lieux des livres 2014

En ces lieux des livres 2012: La Nouvelle République, 31 juillet.

En ces lieux des livres 2019: quelques photos

La Nouvelle République: A la rencontre des livres, côté jardin


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Auteurs et lecteurs au jardin. Photo:  NR

Photo prise au 15 rue Porte de Mirebeau.

Exposants de droite à gauche:

– Sylvie Pouliquen: Éditions La Mélusine devant

– Daniel Ramat

– Isabelle Aubert-Baudron (de dos): Interzone Editions

– Jean-Luc Michenot (en arrière plan): Les mots de là

Photos prises au 15 rue Porte de Mirebeau (Isabelle Aubert-Baudron):

Vincent Dutois:

Jean-Luc Michenot et Vincent Dutois:

Daniel Ramat et Sylvie Pouliquen:

Isabelle Aubert-Baudron: Photo Francine Delaigle

Patti Smith Shares William S. Burroughs’ Advice for Writers and Artists

« Build a good name », rock poet Patti Smith advises the young. « Life is like a roller coaster, it is going to have beautiful moments but it is going to be real fucked up, too », she says.

The American singer, poet and photographer Patti Smith (b. 1946) is a living punk rock legend. In this video she gives advice to the young:

« Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it’s all worth it », Patti Smith says.

Patti Smith (b.1946) is an award-winning American punk rock musician, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential figure in the New York City punk rock scene with her debut album ‘Horses’ in 1975. Smith fuses rock and poetry in her work, and has been dubbed the ”punk poet laureate” as well as ”the godmother of punk.” In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2010 Rolling Stone magazine put her on the 47th place of their list of 100 Greatest Artists. Among her many albums are ’Horses’ (1975), ’Radio Ethiopia’ (1976), ’Easter’ (1978), ’Gone Again’ (1996) and ’Banga’ (2012). Smith is also the author of several books, including ’Woolgathering’ (1992), ’Just Kids’ (2010) – which won the National Book Award and describes her relationship to her lover and friend, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe – and ’M Train’ (2015).

Patti Smith was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Literature festival in August 2012 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

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