Only when I laugh

May 25, 2009 § Leave a comment

Phil Camp, the crabby protagonist of Bill Scheft’s novel “Everything Hurts,” is a man in pain. “The pain had started nine months ago. Innocently enough. In his left gluteus,” writes Scheft, erstwhile head writer for “The Late Show with David Letterman.” “That’s right. Pain in the ass.” Phil, a divorced former sportswriter who has accidentally remade himself as a self-help guru, spends his days (and nights) lying on a wrestling mat in his sprawling Manhattan apartment, writing a popular syndicated newspaper column based on his bestselling book “Where Can I Stow My Baggage?” He rises from time to time to limp to doctors and therapists. Nothing helps — until a peculiar man in sandals hands him a dog-eared copy of “The Power of ‘Ow!’ How the Mind Gives the Body Pain,” by one Dr. Samuel Abrun …

In Brief: “Everything Hurts” by Bill Scheft (The Barnes & Noble Review)

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