By Lawrence Osborne
Asperger's hasn't ever been basically outlined, bordering autism on one aspect and excessive intelligence and verbal eccentricity at the different. The ailment is one of those cultural lightning rod. First, it is a onto which we venture the very actual and well-founded fears of social isolation inherent in psychological disorder. but in addition hooked up to it's a type of admiration and envy and (among those that be afflicted by Asperger's) one of those elitism, a feeling of being one of many pick, in a global almost always peopled by way of neurotypicals.
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I’ve since seen in clinical literature that many children have these fixations—reading human chapter 1: ASPERGER AND I qualities into objects—and that they are now usually regarded as signs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or worse. In the 1960s, however, these tics were not pathologized. Children were allowed to have tics in the first place, and the incomprehensible meanderings of their imaginations were left intact. This was because childhood itself was still intact, much like the symbolic system of a remote Papuan tribe surviving into the twentieth century.
It’s not that I could ever be fixated on trains, and my lute phase is definitely well over. It’s just that I’m disappointed to find that the fixations I do act out are somewhat trivial. When I’m in strange hotel rooms, for example, I’ll feel a gnawing craving to turn on the TV and watch the Iron Chef contests from Japan. ) and known as Iron Chefs are pitted both against each other and against challengers in trying to concoct outlandish meals around a single theme—say, octopus or pitted prunes. They work feverishly against the clock and against a running commentary robotically translated from the Japanese.
Glenn Gould At his cottage on Lake Simcoe, Gould drove his motorboat around in circles to alienate fish from fishermen. This betrayed a triple fascination—with animal welfare, spinning wheels, and circles. Another key! I began to be convinced. What incomparable, austere solitude! A man alone in a desert of packed ice, trudging under a midnight sun of the North, a Hamlet in a long black coat—the artist as autist. I wondered to myself aimlessly if perhaps Hamlet didn’t have Asperger Syndrome as well.
American Normal: The Hidden World of Asperger Syndrome by Lawrence Osborne