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22 Apr

Disability: Almost There

I am interested in how prevalent disability is in all manner of cultural formations, and, paradoxically, how invisible. As I watch a film or read a book, I can (or think I can) guess when the impaired character, theme or trope will emerge, and then how she, he or it will serve the plot or […]

29 Aug

Disabled or Nondisabled: Veterans from Iraq Challenge the Definitions

The definition of who is and who is not “disabled” has never been clear-cut. Ongoing squabbles within the disability rights movement and in disability studies have never been adequately resolved. The definition of “disability” in federal and state legislation is also contested. Recent Supreme Court rulings have eroded essential parts of the Americans with Disabilities […]

15 Jul


Wabi-sabi - apart from being a wonderful word to say out loud - is a central concept in the Japanese aesthetic. It is described in one of the books I’ve consulted as “…a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” (Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers, 1994)
There’s a great deal to say […]

28 Jun

Adaptation is in the Air

The subject of adaptation seems to be everywhere lately.  First, it was discussed in a recent post on John Hockenberry’s Blog about a conference at MIT (of all places) about the impact that technology, engineering, and life sciences can have on the quality of every day life for disabled people.
And then adaptation was in the news.  […]

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