Book Review by Kevin Wolf “There is a village in Germany called Neuerkerode that is largely populated and run by people with developmental disabilities …” so begins the inside book leaf of The Thud (original German: Der Umfal) by Mikaël Ross and translated by Nika Knight. Empathy is the strongest theme in this narrative, where the reader sees and feels Noel’s (protagonist) story from his perspective. At the book’s end is an unlabeled—like Noel’s mind, since he can’t read and is very visual—map of Neuerkode, where the author spent two years visiting and learning from its citizenry. Unlike other reviews,… Read More
In this week’s Graphic Medicine Podcast, Carol Tyler’s keynote address from the Graphic Medicine 2015 conference in Riverside, California. The talk is titled, “Bringing It All Back Home.” With this being the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., I thought it would be a great tie-in to post Carol’s talk in conjunction with the Great Thanksgiving Listen. Here’s a video about that project from StoryCorps: Carol Tyler’s monumental book, Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father was released this week. The process which led to the creation of this book was a monumental act of intense listening, intense caregiving,… Read More
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