Wednesday, August 13, 2014

would you make a dentist your protagonist?

Alex, my writer friend and informer of all things literary, alerted me to this new novel by Joshua Ferris titled "To Rise Again at a Decent Hour". The main character is a dentist! Ferris explains to Seth Myers that he decided to make a dentist his protagonists because dentists seem so happy.


The actual description of his main character however, does not seem so happy. He is "obsessed with decay and death" from looking at mouths all day. I listened to this NPR interview with Terry Gross and the first bits read like a public announcement to floss- Ferris himself was nudged to floss after his having bleeding gums in college.

I am tempted to read this only to see how his main character- the dentist- is portrayed. Also! One of the main conflicts in the book is that our main guy refuses to set up a website for his dental practice (and you and I know how BIG social media presence is)... and someone else does FOR him.

Are we, as dentists, looking at "mortality in the face everyday"?- as Terry Gross so poetically puts it?

I'm curious. Does this feed into that stereotype about dentists being inflictors of pain/unhappy/suicidal? As a dentist/future dentist, what stereotypes do you have about fellow dentists? Would you read this book? Also- did you spot the cute little tooth on book cover?

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