By Kenny Fries
During this poetic, introspective memoir, Kenny Fries illustrates his intersecting identities as homosexual, Jewish, and disabled. whereas studying concerning the heritage of his physique via scientific documents and his actual scars, Fries discovers simply how deeply the thoughts and psychic scars run. As he displays on his relationships along with his kinfolk, his compassionate health professional, the brother who resented his incapacity, and the boys who taught him to like, he confronts the demanding situations of his lifestyles. physique, consider is a narrative approximately connection, a redemptive and passionate testimony to at least one man’s look for the resources of id and distinction.
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I want to say. " Or maybe they did. Did they actually believe that I was the "superboy" that they still talk about today? Did my par' ents succumb, as I did, to the still prevalent myth that disabled people could overcome their disabilities, could succeed at any, thing, if they just tried hard enough? Despite not having use of his legs due to polio, FDR became president, after all. The flip side of such blanket encouragement is pity, I think, as Helen and Kevin continue to get acquainted. But pity is not something I usually associate with my parents' attitude toward me.
Come here, Father, come here, Mother," the bespectacled Dr. Milgram, dressed in a rumpled white shirt, black bow tie, and slightly worn, slightly oversize tweed pants held up by suspenders, said as he began to announce out loud his plans for their child. "-while he read to my parents what he was writing, illegi~ bly, in their son's medical records. Through their perseverance and driven by a belief in what I still do not know, my parents had found this unduly dedicated if always~in~a~hurry, seemingly distracted, slightly disheveled 14 Body, Remember man whose fascination with clocks gave him an imaginative understanding of the structure and movement of human bones unsurpassed for his time.
I am planning to go away next week with my social studies class to New Hampshire, to live with a rural family for a few days, a trip I have looked forward to all year. Will I still be able to go? I tell the nurse that it is the smell of ether that is making me choke, that I need to be taken back to my room. "The man who is supposed to take you back to your room is late coming back from lunch," she says. " She brings me a semicircular indented plastic tray. "Just in case you need it," she tells me.