Archive for “identity”

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Dorthea Lange

Posted November 12th, 2009 by Anthony

“In 1957 when her students at California Institute of Art asked [Dorthea] Lange for a picture to fit the title, “Where I Live,” she submitted one of of her twisted right foot.” San Francisco Chronicle, 11-8-09 in a review of Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon. More and more these days it’s […]

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Melody Gardot and her disability identity

Posted July 14th, 2009 by Anthony

Just got the latest Melody Gardot CD, “My One and Only Thrill.” She’s one of those smokey-sounding women songsters that seem to have a resurgence lately–Madeleine Peyroux, Amy Winehouse, etc. Not only do I like her music, but I’m also impressed with her disability identity. On her MySpace page she talks about the term disability. […]

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Pets show us the way?

Posted March 11th, 2009 by Anthony

According to a news story, Ruby didn’t miss use of hind legs, in the San Francisco Chronicle, “As a UC Davis surgeon once said when asked about dogs and amputation, “People tend to humanize the loss of a limb and dogs don’t. As long as they aren’t in pain and doing the things they love […]

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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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Who We Are

Posted July 23rd, 2008 by Anthony

One of the pleasant surprises using my Tivo is the programs it records on its own using my favorites. Last night I noticed that I could watch Tavis Smiley‘s interview of the governor of New York from Monday, July 21, 2008. The governor, David Paterson, is the first African American governor for that state and […]

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Orozco–Mexican Muralist

Posted September 28th, 2007 by Anthony

Another one! Disabled artists are everywhere. Our local PBS station aired a documentary, “Man on Fire,” about Jose Clemente Orozco. He was a muralist and contemporary and rival to Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo’s husband. Towards the end of his life he became more famous than Diego. The interesting aspect is how his disability affected his […]

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Love the Phrasing "…able-bodied and disabled"

Posted August 30th, 2007 by Anthony

This morning in our local paper, the Press Democrat, a columnist said, talking about the invitees for an upcoming community supper, “The idea is that folks wealthy and poor, native-born and immigrant, able-bodied and disabled…will sit and visit… .” I wrote to thank the columnist, Chris Coursey. When I read the column I was struck […]

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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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Not Overcoming Nor Transforming But Integrating

Posted October 1st, 2005 by Anthony

In last Sunday’s Book Review section in the San Francisco Chronicle Sanford D. Horwitt reviewed Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf She. “whatever greatness Lincoln achieved cannot be explained as a triumph over personal suffering. Rather, it must be accounted for as an outgrowth of the same […]

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