Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for December 21 * NRC Handelsblad: Disabled poster boy banned from rail stations Not Normal, an art-exhibition focussed on the position of disabled people in society, which opened in Amsterdam on Wednesday has immediately sparked controversy. The exhibition features pieces by 80 visual artists, whose work all evokes the same question: what constitutes normality? And who decides what ...
  • On Speculation and Boundaries… Brittany Murphy died today. It took exactly five seconds for the speculation to start up about why she would die of cardiac arrest at the tender age of 32, and not quite double that for the snarky comments to seep out of the woodwork. Because certainly if she had an existing heart condition we all would ...
  • Question Time: What Do You Like to Read? Question Time is a series in which we open up the floor to you, commenters. We invite you to share as you feel comfortable. Bookwise, I mean. By which, I mean, what kind of books do you like to read? Do you read different books at different times, depending on your mood and what else is going ...
  • QuickPress: Disability Carnival! Oh yay! I missed this earlier in the week, but The 61st Disability Blog Carnival is up at Writing Mental Illness! As a writer who helps others write about their experiences with mental illness I’ve thought long and hard about what it means to tell about disability. Because there are many facets (many ways to ...
  • The Perils of Social Media: How Insurance Companies Use Twitter, Facebook, and the Rest of the Internet to Deny Benefits Insurance companies are very fond of finding ways to avoid paying out any money on behalf of their customers. In fact, they employ people who are actually specialists at that sort of thing, and these people will go to great lengths to prevent their employers from having to pony up. Many people are aware that private ...
  • A Weird Moment A cautionary tale, of sorts: Back when I was a young, naive college freshman, I decided to attend one of those campus service/organization ‘fests (meant to introduce many other naive young things to the services available to them at university)–mostly because it was right in my dorm’s common room. Oh, and they were going to ...
  • Chatterday! Open Thread. This is our weekly Chatterday! open thread. Use this open thread to talk amongst yourselves: feel free to share a link, have a vent, or spread some joy. What have you been reading or watching lately (remembering spoiler warnings)? What are you proud of this week? What’s made your teeth itch? What’s going on in ...
  • Glee: The Halfway Point: The Introduction This post contains spoilers through the Glee midseason finale, “Sectionals.” It also got really long, so I am breaking it up into multiple parts so that it will not be an impenetrable Wall of Text. This is part one of four! Now that the midseason finale is officially over, we think it’s an appropriate time to ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 18 * Boston.com’s The Big Picture, 2009 in Photos: Photo shows Wadee Daoud, a five-year-old Palestinian boy with a visual impairment, at the Helen Keller Center for blind and visually impaired children in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, September 10, 2009. Wadee is reacting to light after a teacher opened window blinds. He is wearing ...
  • Quick Bug Note For all of you who subscribe to comments via email: Thanks to a reader who emailed us to let us know, we are aware that the “manage subscriptions” page where you are supposed to be able to manage your email subscriptions is all borky (unless black on black is your thing). We are working on ...