Saturday, November 24, 2007

Asperger's Syndrome: A Story in New Yorker Magazine

Sometimes it is quite helpful having friends as well as a husband who works at a university library. One of my librarian friends sent me a link to an online article for The New Yorker that she thought I'd enjoy. She was right. I did enjoy it.

The article, "Parallel Play: A lifetime of restless isolation explained," was written by Tim Page and appeared August 20, 2007. Page, who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 2000 as an adult, has been a culture writer and music critic for the SoHo News, Time, Newsday, and the Washington Post where he won a Pulitzer Prize. He also has written books about Author Dawn Powell.

Not to be confused with Tim Page, the British Vietnam War Photographer, this Tim Page was born in San Diego California in 1954. In "Parallel Play," he writes of his experiences as an American child growing up in the 1960s. In this mini memoir, Page recounts his 'odd' obsessions, extraordinary musical tastes, and social ineptness. He also compares his writing at school (where he received some bad grades) with his writing at home, which was remarkably better.

I'd definitely recommend the article to parents who have children (of all ages) with Asperger's Syndrome. Reading the article provides a delightful venture into the mind of and "Aspie." One does not doubt that Page has the disorder and his revelations are both humorous and astounding. The article also has the potential of providing hope to parents and people with Asperger's Syndrome that someone with Asperger's can be successful.

I hope you'll enjoy "Parallel Play" as much as I did. It is definitely worth the time. I'll end this post with a favorite quote from Page's article. Page writes, "Little in life comes naturally—except for our random, inexplicable, and often uncontrollable gifts—and, even more than most children, we assemble our personalities unevenly, piece by piece, almost robotically, from models we admire."


Lorin Neikirk said...

Not only does this type of article give hope to parents of children with AS, but to other adults with AS who are still finding their way. This is an invisible population for many reasons... So great to see a story about a "regular Aspie" who broke through the NT barrier. Great post...! -Lorin Neikirk

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