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groong: Kevorkian writes book from prison cell

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Friends of Dr. Jack Kevorkian have
published a book that collects the imprisoned assisted suicide
advocate’s comments on doctor-assisted suicide, science, philosophy
and other topics.

Kevorkian, 75, is being held at the Thumb Correctional Facility in
Lapeer. He is serving 10 to 25 years for second-degree murder in the
1998 videotaped poisoning of Thomas Youk of Oakland County’s
Waterford Township, who had Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Kevorkian’s book is titled “glimmerIQs – A Florilegium” and was with
the help of his friends and lawyer Mayer Morganroth.

“It has nothing to do with assisted suicide,” said Ruth Holmes of
Bloomfield Hills, a handwriting analyst and Kevorkian friend. “He is
a brilliant man who has never committed a crime. What does he do all
day? He thinks and he creates. This is an example.”

The 277-page book took more than two years to create and was the
product of a long series of correspondence and phone calls to Holmes
and her daughter, Sarah, from Kevorkian, The Daily Oakland Press said

“Jack had this idea,” Sarah Holmes said. “You can open him up and
read about medicine, philosophy, science, language. He decided to put
it on paper.

“He decided this was something he wanted to do. … It has lifted his
spirits over the past few years.”

The book is a collection of Kevorkian thoughts, limericks and
illustrations on art, music, philosophy, medicine, history and
family. There are cartoon sketches and color images of some of his
paintings, with explanations of their meanings.

The paintings were donated to the Armenian Library and Museum of
America in Watertown, Mass.

Kevorkian gives his opinions about diet and freely sprinkles the
pages with limericks on whatever moved him at the moment. Chapters
include “Terse Verses,” “Metricated Chronometry with Improved Metric
Prefix Names,” “Science vs. Religion” and “Clocking Death.”

The book includes a sticker with Kevorkian’s address at the Thumb
Correctional Facility in Lapeer and his prison number.

The book, which had an initial printing of 5,000 copies, sells for
$26 and is available at Ariana Gallery in Royal Oak or at

“Whether he sells 10 or 10,000, it really doesn’t matter,” Sarah
Holmes said. “This is Jack’s legacy. This was to take a piece of
everything he knows and share it with others.”

Morganroth predicted the book will sell well.

“I think some of the guards will buy it and ask him to autograph it,”
Morganroth said.

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