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Poetry and Medicine
October 24/31, 2001

(Pretend) Celebrities Among Us

Author Affiliations

Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2001;286(16):1943. doi:10.1001/jama.286.16.1943

Dustin Hoffman was attending
the Annual Meeting. He was doing
research before playing
a psychiatrist treating
an allegorical character.
Ben Stiller was there,
as well, previewing a new
routine about virtual beer.
If you just looked toward
him, he would approach you.
Eric Clapton appeared, as a
survivor, and Garrison Keillor
did his singing thing, a capella.
He claimed his band had cancelled
but I doubted that.
Tommy Lee Jones came in
late, and in a hurry, on his way
to the Dennis Hopper lecture:
"American Film: Anamnestic Fact
or Adolescent Fiction?"
Where were the women?
I asked, and then Kate
Winslet sat in on a symposium
about Dreaming, and Meryl Streep
was featured at the Pfizer Pavilion,
reading selected verses
from William Carlos Williams
before rushing to the airport
and returning to New Jersey
leaving us here with each other.

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