Laurie Sheck is the author, most recently, of Island of the Mad, and A Monster’s Notes, a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry for The Willow Grove, she has been a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library....more
Posts Tagged: disability
The men who called me names were always white men, dressed in the shirts and ties that marked them as belonging to a different class than I did. They sat down next to me when I asked them not to, they kept touching me when I asked them to stop....more
Do not assume that empathy equals experience.
Writing outside your personal experience is always a tricky thing, and writing about disabled people when you yourself are not disabled is an especially difficult thing to do. At Lit Hub, Nicola Griffith has some tough words of caution for writers trying to portray the disabled....more
Medical museums tend to be short on art and long on the preserved remains of bodies with diseases or deformities.
Riva Lehrer, an artist with spina bifida, wants to change that. As she explained in a recent talk titled “Jarred: Self Portrait in Formaldehyde,” her work highlights the humanity and beauty of people with disabled or otherwise unconventional bodies, in contrast to the dispassionate scientific displays that let viewers “seal themselves off under emotional layers of glass.”
Click through to see some of her stunning portraits and read more of her thoughts on the ways “disability can make you move in unexpected dances.”...more
One summer day in 1985, a doctor calls my mother and tells her that there is empty space where parts of my brain should be.
“I don’t understand it,” he says. “There should be muscle, and there’s nothing.” More tests, he mumbles....more