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Monthly Archives: April 2015

We Are the…World’s Biggest Shark Jump

April 6, 2015, 8:53 am

Perhaps you’ve heard something about the current 30-year anniversary celebration of The Breakfast Club. (The anniversary was covered on ABC, Fox, CNN, and hundreds of websites.) Nothing against that outstanding film, but it never climbed higher than #3 at the box office, and wasn’t dominating pop culture 30 years ago. Would you like to know what was? Furthermore, would you like to hear an entirely different take on it, that no one has ever offered before? On March 7, 1985, […]

The Age of Acquiescence…and Autism

April 3, 2015, 11:28 am

If you haven’t yet heard of Steve Fraser’s new book of historical advocacy “The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power,” you could do worse than reading Naomi Klein’s review of it in the New York Times. Oh, TL;DR? Okay, I can summarize Fraser’s argument more briefly: where’s the pitchforks? Why aren’t people furious at fat cats in the mass-strike, grave-desecrating way they were 100 years ago? Basically, what happened to the teeth […]

Autism Awareness Works Both Ways

April 1, 2015, 11:48 am

Happy Autism Awareness Day! Autism Awareness is often understood as neurotypical (“normal”) people increasing their sensitivity to the unusual aspects of people diagnosed on the autism spectrum. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But what if, just this one time, we saw Autism Awareness as the wide amount of things that a person on the spectrum is aware of? One thing I’m aware of: sharing “awareness” becomes a virtuous circle, where you tell me what you’re aware of, I tell […]