As mentioned previously on this blog, Simi Linton has a blog called Disability Culture Watch, which she categorizes as "A disability-focused commentary on the arts". Here is an excerpt from her "About" page:
"There is an emerging cadre of dancers, actors, writers, performance
artists, and painters who are actively engaging with both the fact and
idea of disability. The most exciting work explores what disability
provides the artist, rather than what feats someone can perform despite
disability. When disabled artists use their unique bodies and voices,
something innovative happens. My job is to follow these turns and
twists on the cultural map, selectively reporting and critiquing this
Simi is the author of My Body Politic (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and recently she has been awarded grants, one from the Puffin Foundation and one from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, to develop a stage adaptation for the book. Congratulations, Simi! We can’t wait!
With permission from Simi, the summary of her book, as found on her web site, is copied below for our review. Follow this link to learn more, as well as to hear two selections from the book, read by the author herself.
About the book
Simi Linton’s story begins in the midst of the turmoil over Vietnam
and concludes with a meditation on the war in Iraq, and our wounded
veterans. Her story is as much a cultural as a political one, and so
she reveals close encounters with Jimi Hendrix, Salvador Dali and James
Brown, and then, as she becomes immersed in disability culture,
introduces us to an exciting cast of disabled actors, writer, painters
and dancers who inhabit her world.
My Body Politic weaves a tale that shows disability to be an
ordinary part of the twists and turns of life, and simultaneously, a
unique vantage point on the world.
Hitchhiking from Boston to Washington, DC in 1971 to protest the war in
Vietnam, Simi Linton was injured in a car accident that paralyzed her
legs and took the lives of her young husband and her best friend.
My Body Politic opens with her struggle to resume a life in the
world. She then takes us along on the road she traveled – with stops in
Berkeley, Paris, Havana, and back to her home in Manhattan – as she
learns what it means to be a disabled person in America.
Along the way she completed a PhD, remarried, and became deeply
committed to the disability rights movement.
The book is populated with richly drawn portraits of Linton’s
disabled comrades, people of conviction and lusty exuberance who dance,
play – and organize – with passion and commitment.
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