Archive for “contemporary culture”

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Cripplers 7 inch

Posted July 30th, 2016 by Anthony

Disabled Hit Parade
Hard core punk EP, “Cripplers” by This Is Hell.

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Sumptuous Wheelchairs?

Posted July 19th, 2016 by Anthony

Fanciful wheelchair sculpture
Opulent Mobility, an LA-based exhibition, brought extravagant, sumptuous, and somewhat outrageous mobility equipment into my world.

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Wholesome? Sure, it’s about time

Posted November 22nd, 2015 by Anthony

Wholesome? Yes, wholesome I was in LA for a disability art show. Fortunately I was able to fit in dinner with a longtime friend who lives down there. We were sharing all our disability news when I was surprised a moment I didn’t expect. My friend brought out a laptop to show me a 30 […]

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Criperati? Works for me (in a tongue-in-cheek kinda way)

Posted July 27th, 2015 by Anthony

I thought I coined a phrase–criperati. I may have made it up, but there’s been others that also did. Google coughed up a couple two days after I started looking for antecedents. I see the use of criperti as recognition that the disability community is stratified even though we like to think we’re completely egalitarian. […]

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Open Letter to My Disabled Brothers and Sisters: Hawking & “The Theory of Everything”

Posted January 14th, 2015 by Anthony

First off, the new biopic of Stephen Hawking, “The Theory of Everything” is a pretty good movie, but not great. I enjoyed it but I have a pretty high tolerance for disability schmaltz. I dislike overcomer stories but don’t gag when I see them. I won’t go see movies that degrade and us and treat […]

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Access Symbol Works

Posted December 12th, 2014 by Anthony

I was hanging out in the bar with a bunch of folks at SDS last June. One of the party innocently asked, “What do you guys think about the new access symbol business?” Even dead sober I couldn’t help but go on a rant. I knew I had been thinking about how I didn’t like […]

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Heavy Metal & Wheelchair User

Posted November 16th, 2014 by Anthony

Got an email from Risty Byce, a wheelchair using, rock ‘n’ roll drummer at I didn’t follow popular music, and metal in particular, too closely in the early 90s. This Queensrÿche video was brand new to me when Risty sent me a recommendation. I’m not sure about the overall sentiment, it seems to me to […]

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Wow! Wheelchair racer!

Posted September 24th, 2014 by Anthony

Has anyone noticed that the newly promoted, active accessibility symbol looks a lot like Good Willy?

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Disability Art at the de Young

Posted October 4th, 2013 by Anthony

Over the past four years I have had the incredible opportunity to produce lectures on disability in the fine arts at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. The museum is housed in a new lavish, cutting edge building. In my typical fashion I had forgotten to document them until a couple of months ago. So, this […]

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A New Disability Hero!

Posted September 16th, 2013 by Anthony

Doc-Pomus on stage
We have another hero. Hugh Gallagher gave us FDR. The world knew FDR was disabled, but until Gallagher none of us knew that FDR’s disability experience had a profound effect on his life and world view. After polio, FDR began to root for the poor.

I know, hero is so overused when it is applied to us disabled folk that I hesitate to use the term. But it’s accurate. Doc Pomus is my hero. After you hear the stories, he might be yours, too. To find out check out a new documentary “AKA Doc Pomus” that captures some of the highlights of his disabled life.

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