Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Book and a Chat with Barbara Barnett

My guest on today's show Barbara Barnett knows all about that character, her book "Chasing Zebras" is a comprehensive and (hopefully) thought-provoking look at the hit TV show House, M.D.

Now too many English people, such as myself, you mention the name "Hugh Laurie" and they think of the comedian, part of the double act with "Stephen Fry", or playing Bertie Wooster and must of all playing the bumbling fool type s such as the Prince of Wales the fabulous Black Adder TV series.

In the US however like many several other British comedians “Hugh Laurie" has made his name as a straight actor, being the face of "House MD".

During the show Barbara explained about the title of her book “Chasing Zebras” and how it comes from an old medial axiom taught to medical students. When you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras—think common, not complex and rare. The television show’s central character is a zebra-chasing physician—he only treats extremely rare diseases.

One of the interesting things about the series, which not everybody realizes is how the series narrative, central character Dr. Gregory House and all in his orbit is so connected with Sherlock Holmes.

About "Chasing Zebras":

CZ is a comprehensive (and fun) exploration of the hit television series House, M.D. It’s written in two parts. In the first, I take apart the show’s storylines, character histories, bits of social commentary and more. My aim is to understand the series narrative, central character Dr. Gregory House and all in his orbit.

I look at everything from the series connections to Sherlock Holmes to the music, sets, etc. I also look the often-provocative social commentary: what does the series say about ethics, religion and God, patient rights and more.

The second part of the book is an episode-by-episode dissection. It summarizes each episode, but also hones in on the highlights and a lot of fun trivia: how was House a jerk, what was the episode’s ethical dilemma?

What was House’s eureka moment? What was the most important relationship moment?
What was the “romantic” moment between Wilson and his best friend House, for example? But even in this section,
I delve deeply into many of the episodes with “Closer Look” essays.

House has now reached its 150 episode and is more popular world wide than ever, and I’m sure her books, which have already been available in many countries will like the TV series itself spread across the world.

So listen to an interesting and entertaining show as I spend thirty minutes sharing "A Book and a Chat with Barbara Barnett"


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