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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445


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The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
The Speed of Dark

flared0ne, December 8, 2009

If you are searching for ways to make sense of the personal world of an autistic individual, OR just interested in experiencing reality from a different viewpoint, this book has something to offer. It gives an reasonably realistic "view from the inside" of a life given to struggling toward a "main stream" of "unimpeded" functioning. Except, in a very real way, Lou's adaptations to adult life do seem fairly functional (if a bit lonely) and a meaningful component of his "personality" and "identity". A VERY good case is made for redefining conditions like autism as differences rather than disabilities, for "commonly interpreted as handicaps" being reframed as significantly useful "strengths" (in this case a strong focus on pattern recognition).

Notice that this book DOES postulate a reasonable mechanism for at least a small portion of the observable symptomology of autism: a combination of neural processing "delays" and "thresholds" such that things happening too quickly are just not perceived -- things like consonants, and facial expressions, etc.

AND, if you trust in "the invisible hand" of the market, it appears to be "time" for the fictional case presented here to appear in the real world -- an article on under health-mental_health (can't give the actual link due to review restrictions, apparently) gives the full text, which boils down to noting that several "specialized staffing" companies (in Denmark, the company Specialisterne, and in the United States, the non-profit Chicago company Aspiritech) are starting up to help enable productive lives for autistic individuals in high-tech environments.

This book describes a reality which is entangling more and more people, while offering insight and even some productive "direction" forward into real life.

Note, too, that perhaps it is also "time" for those corporate tax codes and incentive structures (mentioned in the book as significant plot elements) to start to appear as well. Now, before the flood hits.
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