Body, Remember: A Memoir by Kenny Fries

By Kenny Fries

In this poetic, introspective memoir, Kenny Fries illustrates his intersecting identities as homosexual, Jewish, and disabled. whereas studying concerning the heritage of his physique via clinical documents and his actual scars, Fries discovers simply how deeply the stories and psychic scars run. As he displays on his relationships together with his family members, his compassionate general practitioner, the brother who resented his incapacity, and the lads who taught him to like, he confronts the demanding situations of his existence. Body, Remember is a narrative approximately connection, a redemptive and passionate testimony to 1 man’s look for the assets of identification and difference.

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She is no longer making those frantic motions with her arms. A few minutes or an hour later she is, once again, wheeled away. I realize that I haven't eaten or drunk anything in over sixteen hours. I watch the intravenous drip from the bottle, travel slowly, methodically, down the narrow tube into my arm. I follow drip after drip after drip. Shortly after noon, almost three hours after I was taken into this room with the clock, I am wheeled back into the operating room. I pass Dr. Robbins, dressed in the familiar green, talking with Dr.

I was not sure what it was but I thought it a remnant of the pin inserted during the surgery when I was six years old. This surgery, a major procedure called a torsion osteotomy, was supposed to rotate my right knee to face forward. Although in the years since this surgery was performed it has never been openly discussed, I have always known that this surgery was not successful. After the surgery, when I was put in a very large cast that covered my entire right leg up past my hips to my stomach, I asked why the cast was so big.

I felt like a fraud. Who would cast me in the parts I wanted to play? And when I wouldn't get a part I wanted I was never sure whether it was because of my lack of talent, or because of my physical differ~ ence. I was unbalanced by these doubts. I still have dreams in which during a performance I cannot remember my lines and have to ad~lib as I go along. In other 22 Body, Remember dreams I know my lines but have lost my voice. I try to continue until I realize nobody can hear me. Now I understand that as a teenager I intuitively knew being an actor with a physical disability would be limiting.

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