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“You should commit suicide”: On Americans’ Lack of Empathy for People with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses.

  Americans are often unwilling, or unable, to empathize with chronically ill and/or disabled people. Some rough thoughts on this topic: 1.) Disabled people (and this includes chronically ill people) are a minority in the U.S., making up only 19% of … Continue reading

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New eyewitness statements regarding the “gas chamber” at Mokabe’s: Part 1

In the wake of my original post regarding the events that transpired at Mokabe’s coffee shop on Arsenal in the early morning hours of 11/25/14—and in response to some of the reactions from naysayers, as well as from Chief Dotson … Continue reading

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An Education in Class

Dedicatory preface: This post is dedicated to the anonymous steel worker from Worcester, Massachusetts, who helped me get to New York City in September 1998. You brought me to the bus station in Worcester and made sure I had cigarettes … Continue reading

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Triggernometry Redux: The “Trigger Warning” as Speech Act

An addendum to my earlier post on “trigger warnings,” inspired by a very late night discussion on Facebook: ** The “trigger warning” can be viewed as a speech act. Considered as such, the act it performs is indirectly declarative; it … Continue reading

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Triggernometry

So “trigger warnings” are back in the news again. I’ve been reading along for months while concertedly refraining from making any sort of public comment on the discussion, but now I feel kind of obligated since it keeps raging on and … Continue reading

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Chronic Illness and the Question of “Access”: A Primer/Manifesto in One Post (RIDES AGAIN)

NOTE: This post was originally published on January 14th, 2014 at 23:09 CST. It was subsequently removed from my blog in order to make some minor edits and clean up the text. This version has been slightly revised. *** This … Continue reading

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