“Donald Friedman brings his considerable literary gift to this memoir of despair, and with that gift fills the pages with the flickering light of the spirit.”

―William Kotzwinkle author of ET the Extraterrestrial and Felonious Monk

All royalties from sales of Still Phyllis have been assigned to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation

Derek Walcott discusses his painting and poetry.

Kurt Vonnegut shows and discusses his artwork.

Donald Friedman

About Donald

I’m Donald Friedman, author of novels, short stories, essays, and large and small books of non-fiction. Curious about everything (some might say pathologically so) my books and blogs cover an odd mix of topics—the lives and works of writer-artists, a fascination with language that resulted in a humorous book about dog terms, a blog about words derived from chemistry, and the mind-destroying disease, CJD, that took the life of my sister.

Since there’s only so much one guy can discover on his own, I hope you’ll send me an email with writer-artists or dog terms or chemistry words I’ve overlooked, or your own experience with dementing illness.  Or anything else you care to share.


The Writer's Brush

“Sparkling audaciously on every page.”

New York Times Book Review

The Writer’s Brush Exhibition Catalogue

“A delicious peek into the artistic pursuits of some eighty authors.”

The New Yorker

Corrupted Humours

“A fever dream...an engaging, serpentine, and multilayered tale of death, passion, and people.”

Kirkus Reviews 

You’re My Dawg, Dog

“As funny and  irresistible as dogs are.”

—John Berendt, bestselling author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

The Hand Before the Eye

“You’ll be pleased to compare its farcical humor to Philip Roth.”

The Jerusalem Report

The Writer's Brush

“A grand feat of research and interpretation”

Booklist (American Libraries Assoc.)

Starred Review

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June 17, 2024

  I am happy to report that Book Life selected Still Phyllis as an Editor’s Pick, saying: “Incisive, moving, and stripped of sentimentality…scrupulous prose… Scenes of brother and sister still managing to understand each other despite the fraying of Phyllis’s capacity for language have rich power… That commitment to rigorous…

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