6 responses to “Recommended Reading for 14 April, 2010”

  1. tashana

    re: Next to Normal

    I really liked the musical. It was very… sad, and yet almost overwhelmingly hopeful. In short, I cried a lot because I empathized with every character so much that it hurt. However, it’s been awhile since I saw it, so I don’t really remember what exactly happened on stage, but I think they did a good job. I’m sure there were a few moments of “Er… no”, but overall, it seemed pretty respectful and serious about the subject matter.

    The shock therapy scene was… mmm. I remember thinking that it seemed slightly too zany (for lack of a better term). It wasn’t one of my favorite scenes.

  2. AWV

    I like Next to Normal but I don’t have mental illness so I might not be aware enough of aspects that may be offensive.

    “A girl who just happens to be a cheerleader”–LOL

  3. K

    Since you asked, I’d like to answer by saying that, I finished reading a book of interest to me. Yay! Finally done with this here feminist theory text. I made it!

    Awhile back, I read this article about living with diabetes, particularly as how needing an insulin pump complicated the author’s sexual experiences. However the article is not entirely without problems & I do not recommend reading the comment section. You can read it but it’s got some problems too. Tethered to the Body

    I’ve been re-reading it and mulling it over but haven’t quite got all my ducks in a row about it.

  4. Amanda

    I wrote this:


    Part of it is about growing up as a sort of autistic person I rarely read about appearance-wise when it comes to people who made it to their early teens before diagnosis. But the part I think is most likely to be interesting to readers here is about being really sick of the idea that what happened to me before diagnosing was “passing”. Because no child like the one I was passes in the place and time I grew up. What happened was a cognitive phenomenon I call “passing off” — where people generate lots of false explanations for my behavior and then remember the explanations. Because ultra-sensory-seeking kids don’t pass in 80s/90s American suburbia. They just don’t.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Feline Ethics, Part 2: Avoiding Arrogance =-.

  5. Godless Heathen

    somedisaster wins an internet from me.

    As the weather is so nice, I’ve been getting out and walking more, and I’ve been acutely aware of how slow I am and also how differently I walk from everyone else. Also, the more I use my bad knee, the more grief it gives me. “Lame” has really been grating on my nerves as an insult because I’ve been giving myself all kinds of mental Hell over not being able to walk “normally”. When I can’t bend my knee to step up onto the bus, literal lameness and the pejorative nature of the insult collide in my head, and I feel lame. I don’t want to internalize, but it’s kinda hard when I can’t get away from people using language that makes me feel like dirt about myself. Nitpicking with people about intent doesn’t seem quite so important to me.

  6. Louisa

    I really love Next to Normal. I feel that the creators made a bold and important choice in creating this piece, and I feel very inspired by it–I’ve seen it twice, and both times, I cried. It was very cathartic for me, as someone with a mental illness.