Some wise words from Dame Julie.
The Electric Typewriter's literary guide to 12 essential life skills (in approximate order of importance):
by Lindy West
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How to Disagree by Paul Graham
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by Pierre Bayard
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by Sarah Miller
by Frank Bures
by Joshua Foer
by Kiese Laymon
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"When I was a child, my favorite story was about a man who lived forever, but whose eyes were heavy with the weight of all he’d seen. A man who fell from the stars.”
I’m not all about Lena Dunham, but this is important.
Patrick Viesti, 28, has Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum. It is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction along with repetitive patterns of behavior or interests. And yet on a Tuesday afternoon in March at SAP’s office in Newtown Square, Pa., he is making a presentation to a roomful of managers.
He’s part of a pilot program at SAP, the world’s third-largest software company, called Autism at Work. SAP has hired 30 employees with autism around the world — in Ireland, Germany, India, Canada and the U.S. — and plans to hire more than 600 others with autism by 2020, totaling 1 percent of its global workforce. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 68 American children meet the criteria for autism spectrum disorder.
In the preface of his new book, “ADHD Does Not Exist,” Richard Saul says, “I wrote this book to be provocative.” In it, he advances discussion of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder by usefully dissecting the reasons behind widespread misdiagnosis and stimulant abuse — both genuine and alarming problems. But whatever progress his book offers is stymied by his reckless claim that it is not a real medical disorder. He even insists on referring to ADHD with quotation marks — a decision that made me, a diagnosed sufferer of ADHD, feel as though I’d been punched in the gut.
Two recent articlesin The New York Timessupport Saul’s thesis, albeit more gently, merely hinting that ADHD is not a disorder but, rather, trickery on the part of large pharmaceuticals to push stimulants. In one piece, reporter Alan Schwartz quotes Keith Conners, a psychologist at Duke University, who refers to ADHD as a “concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels.”
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