From the National Book Award-winning author of the “brave…deeply humane…open-minded, critically informed, and poetic” (The New York Times) THE NOONDAY DEMON, comes a book about the consequences of extreme personal and cultural differences between parents and children. As a gay child of... read more
“Ability is the tyranny of the majority. If most people could flap their arms and fly, the inability to do so would be a disability.”
“Loving our children is an exercise of the imagination.”
“"Classrooms," Isabelle Rapin said, "are dichotomous, which is the only reason for these classifications of children whose differences are not black-and-white: so they can be put in the right room or center. This is policy, not biology."”
“While accommodating people with physical disabilities must be undertaken out of moral conviction, adequately treating people wiith severe psychiatric illness is a win-win situation; if moral conviction fails, economic self- interest should prevail.”
“Perhaps the immutable error of parenthood is that we give our children what we wanted, whether they wanted it or not.”
“I likewise believe that choice is the only true luxury, that the striving inherent in decision-making gives decisions value.”
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