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your dreams will be reduced down to breathing, and you will be grateful

The thing about not-being-a-person is: They will say those people and the price of being a person is to nod and agree that yes, those people aren’t people at all. They will have no idea who they are talking to. You yourself will start to forget, too. They will say a million small things that sow the seeds for violence done against you, and you will smile and let them. You will do math, constantly. How much do I want to be a person today? How much do I want this project to succeed? How much honesty can I afford? How much dishonesty will kill me? What is the cost of coming out? Is there a way to delay, soften, transmute? How long can I survive as half a person? Ever since the world ended ... I don't go out as much. People that I once befriended, just don't bother to stay in touch. Things that used to seem so splendid, don't really matter today. It's just as well the world ended -- it wasn't working anyway. Your dreams will be reduced down to breathing. [Read More]

on 03/5/12 | 2 Comments | Read More

Autistic Genius: Real or Imaginary?

I’ve run across a couple of other writers recently who’ve made efforts to debunk the notion of autistic genius, and since I’ve been one to lean heavily on the idea that “autistic intelligence,...[Read More]

on 11/20/09 | No Comments | Read More

Time for this Elephant to Leave this Circus

Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and Limbo.  Those were the four big places to go. The weirdest of all was Limbo.  Limbo was where they sent unbaptized babies.  The reasoning was, “It wasn’t their f...[Read More]

on 11/13/09 | 6 Comments | Read More


There is a short story I read years ago that I’ve always remembered as a tiny masterpiece of irony.  It was set among what are sometimes called First Nations people, but viewed with a slightly diff...[Read More]

on 11/6/09 | 2 Comments | Read More

Autism Is As Autism Does

While the notion of Everyday Autism Everywhere is still in the air around here (welcome, William Stillman readers), I’d like to further expand some of the ideas Mr. Stillman and I have been floating...[Read More]

on 10/30/09 | No Comments | Read More


There was a cascade of insights and epiphanies that was set off for me from coming to the knowledge, at the age of 36, that both myself and a 7-year-old girl who later became my stepdaughter occupied ...[Read More]

on 10/23/09 | No Comments | Read More

Grandma, They’re Not Santa Claus!

There’s a comic on XM Radio’s Canadian Comedy Channel who’s gotten good mileage out of his grandmother having told him that she does not believe in gay people.  He recounts going around and aro...[Read More]

on 10/16/09 | No Comments | Read More

How to Speak Drakk

NightStorm is a 23-year-old Asperger-diagnosed autist, a watercolor artist and writer of original and fan fiction, a blogger and a lover of storytelling and role play. Like so very many others then, ...[Read More]

on 10/13/09 | No Comments | Read More

Notes on Three Dursleys

I THINK IN PICTURES. Words are like a second language to me.  I translate both spoken and written words into full-color movies, complete with sound, which run like a VCR tape in my head.  When som...[Read More]

on 10/9/09 | No Comments | Read More

Still a Crowded Room

“Stick to the image” is perhaps the most concise advice one can come away with from James Hillman’s archetypal psychology.  When trying to see through to what is happening in a dream, or in an ...[Read More]

on 10/2/09 | 1 Comment | Read More

The Internet and the Iceberg Whole

Item:  Ensign James “Peewee” Cobb, at 5’6”, 124 pounds, and 23 years old—in Pat Frank’s 1959 Cold War thriller Alas, Babylon—distinguishes himself as the only pilot in Fighting Forty-Fo...[Read More]

on 09/25/09 | No Comments | Read More

Calling the Children Home

As a white boy in the Chicago suburbs who devoured every jazz biography I could get my hands on, my first encounter with the idea of “calling the children home” was a snippet from Nat Shapiro and ...[Read More]

on 09/15/09 | No Comments | Read More

They Call Me Quiet, But I’m A Riot

Ebulliently defiant on your car radio, Katie White—no matter what friendly guess or nickname she’s offered—is all sass and holding her ground: that’s not her name.  Performing live, though,...[Read More]

on 08/28/09 | No Comments | Read More

Neurodiversity: A Pre-emptive Reply

Hello, there.  I’ve been expecting you.  While the focus here at Shift may be a good bit more broad than that found at, say, Ballastexistenz, aspie rhetor, Whose Planet Is It Anyway?, or Asperge...[Read More]

on 08/28/09 | No Comments | Read More

Notes on Five Spectrums

I. Intelligence Intelligence, as most everyone will cheerfully agree, is distributed unevenly; some people have more of it, some have less.  Rare, though, are those who will identify themselves as...[Read More]

on 08/28/09 | 1 Comment | Read More

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