Archive for “contemporary culture”

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New York Times Paying Attention

Posted February 9th, 2010 by Anthony

Little by little, the good, gray Times has started to recognize disability. Sometimes, it’s even bold in recognizing our perception of the lived experience of disability, rather than the stereotypes. The boldest that I noticed was, of course, the articles written by the late Harriet McBryde Johnson. Last week I noticed on my Times RSS […]

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Statues…That Reminds Me

Posted October 19th, 2008 by Anthony

From what I can tell from this side of the pond, there was a huge hue and cry when it was announced in 2005 that a sculpture of a naked, pregnant, disabled woman would be on display in Trafalgar Square for 18 months. I can’t imagine a statue like this in a public space in […]

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Wheelchairs as symbols

Posted October 18th, 2007 by Anthony

A friend and colleague has his antenna out for disability-related songs since we talked about our music explorations. (He’s fascinated by the use of anthems — both contemporary and historical — and how they connect.) He pointed me to an Alt-Country song, “We Can’t Make It Here Any More” by James McMurtry and a video […]

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Disability Film Series-NYC

Posted October 1st, 2007 by Anthony

El Cochecito (The Little Coach) is a new dark comedy with disability and freedom at its center. It’s being shown at the diTHIS! Film Series. The Series showcases films on disability that you probably won’t see anywhere else. The description for El Cochecito says it is, “a dark comedy about an old man who would […]

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Change in the Zeitgeist

Posted August 22nd, 2007 by Anthony

For the second time this week I’ve seen reference to how someone’s disability helped to make a new product or song. This is the exact opposite of the super crip or the overcomer. It shows a reality that I know. When you’ve got a disability you have to be inventive. The first is Doc Pomus, […]

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Old Attitudes

Posted August 12th, 2007 by Anthony

from a disability perspective. Archives Sunday, August 12, 2007 Old Attitudes The word amputees and surfing in an LA Times headline on my newsreader caught my eye this morning. It was a nice, little feel-good piece on veterans with recent amputations going surfing. A swimsuit manufacturer sponsored a weekend to teach them how to surf. […]

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Orange Flags?!??

Posted June 17th, 2007 by Anthony

I’ve been fascinated by the wheelchair fashion of a number of our locals. Two necessary items they use to decorate their power chairs or scooters are American flags in different configurations and an orange signal flag. Interesting, yes, but not a fashion I necessarily subscribe to. Well, perhaps that might change if the writers to […]

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Good Dis/Bad Tech

Posted January 12th, 2003 by Anthony

Last week I went to MacWorld. It is a trade fair with an edge of fanaticism. I usually enjoy myself with the new toys while being irritated at the poor wheelchair access and thick carpets. When I saw the database software I use, I went over to their pavilion. I wanted to solve a glitch […]

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