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Monthly Archives: May 2020


May 28, 2020, 8:15 am

Sometimes in my job as a film professor, the topic arises: why show certain things at all? For example, does any movie really need even a discreet rape scene? Why not just a title card that says “a rape happened” and move on? Why did anyone ever make The Human Centipede? Why show certain things, aren’t they only gonna give us nightmares? This is also known as My Mother’s General Case Against All Horror Movies. These days, I am so […]

Just Another Week in Quarantine

May 21, 2020, 2:43 pm

This time, I’m not trying to be funny with the title. I mean it. Recently, a loyal reader told me “you’ve written a book” about Dar here. You won’t believe this, but I hadn’t really thought about it. I should try to compile this into a memoir…lord knows other parents of autistic children have done more with less. And by that I mean less words, less narrative, less compelling stories. Not lesser kids. I think they tend to like a […]

Link Day

May 14, 2020, 12:55 pm

Longtime readers know that I never use a blog post just to link to other sites. Other blogs do that, but I’ve been updating this blog (usually) weekly for six years and haven’t done that…until now. I mean, if this virus can disrupt everything else, why not this blog? Just thought you might want to know what we’re reading that’s about autism and the coronavirus. Is it hard to be in a house 24/7 with Dar? Sure. And maybe reading […]

Warp and woof

May 7, 2020, 4:26 pm

This week this blog is a COVID-free zone. For some, that’s not working. For others, that’s absolutely working. If you’re in the latter group, read on, MacDuff. I have always felt a special affinity for animals, especially mammals. I knew well before I got my first tattoo that it would have to be of a mammal, preferably one that nobody else had a tattoo of. (It’s a walrus.) I wanted my first kid’s name to refer to that guy who […]