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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Reading, Reading and Reading

I must be healthier as I have mad a transition from reading crap to real books. Hence murder mysteries and action adventure novels have slowly been replaced by good books. I started with a biography of Moe Berg, a baseball player and OSS operative during World War II. I then read another wonderful biography about Sam Steward, an academic turned tattoo artist. This text was fascinating in that Steward was gay, kept detailed record of his sexual and personal life. This is a unique text and offers a glimpse into what it was like for gay men at a time when homosexuality was considered a mental illness. I also reread parts of the Body Silent as it related to issues of dependence. I have recently finished Beth Haller's wonderful book Representing Disability in an Ableist World. This book I consider a must read for all those interested in the skewed media representations of disability. And my God, how much more skewed could the representation of disability be in mainstream media. Haller insightfully delves this subject and provides a penchant analysis.

Representing Disability, shrewdly published by Advocado Press, should be used as a required text in mass media and disability studies classes. Haller' book consists of 10 chapters. Some chapters resonate more than others, for instance I particularly liked
Chapter 4, Not Worth Keeping Alive assisted suicide debate as debated in the New York Times. Frankly I disagree with Haller's conclusions but respect her scholarship and admire her obvious respect for Not Dead Yet, a group sadly ignored by the mainstream press. In my mind, what makes Haller's work so important is her ability to get across the deep impact ableism has had on the lives of all people with a disability. Also worth noting here is Haller's discussion of alternative media outlets and internet resources. Whenever I am at a loss to explain why the media screws up a disability related story I now have an invaluable resource to rely on as will all others wise enough to purchase her book.


Terri said...

I just finished the intro of Haller's book. Glad to know that you liked it.

FridaWrites said...

I have a Harlequin romance for you. I got two free yesterday at a giveaway.

Gertrude said...

My Mom loves Harlequin Romance novels so much that she keeps some in her bedside table. She's been reading a lot of books lately, since she was laid off in the garment factory where she worked for ten years. Since Mom wants to go back in the workforce, Dad decided to find a suitable reemployment services program for her.

Mom's disability is not a reason to be unemployed for too long 'coz there are various dependable worker compensation programs that can be found via the Internet. In other words, a good worker compensation program is a great help for Mom.

Thanks for sharing your love of books, by the way. It's so interesting, William!

william Peace said...

Sorry guys but romance novels are not my thing. I read one in the hospital and was not impressed. I think gender is a big issue here. I like shoot em ups and murder mysteries when sick. When well I read nonfiction of all types.

FridaWrites said...

I am teasing you. What you might like to read a lot more are Nelson DeMille's books.

Terri said...

It isn't gender: couple meets, falls for each other, has deal-breaking conflict, gets back together. Sorry if I ruined a whole genre for you!

You are extensively quoted in Beth Haller's book, Dr Peace--awesome!

william Peace said...

Terri, My shootem ups are as predictable as romance novels--and that is part of the draw.

Haller did indeed quote me a number of times. I suspect I am considered a colorful character. Her book is truly important in disability studies. Finally, I have never been comfortable with Dr. Peace--the t seems silly for an anthropologist.