By Lawrence Osborne
Asperger's hasn't ever been sincerely outlined, bordering autism on one facet and excessive intelligence and verbal eccentricity at the different. The sickness is one of those cultural lightning rod. First, it is a situation onto which we venture the very genuine and well-founded fears of social isolation inherent in psychological affliction. but in addition hooked up to it's a form of admiration and envy and (among those that be afflicted by Asperger's) a type of elitism, a feeling of being one of many pick, in a global frequently peopled by means of neurotypicals.
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Louis Airport Hilton with nowhere to go. The upper rooms of the St. Louis Airport Hilton look out over the runways of the Lindbergh Airport, but because the windows are so efficiently glazed, the sound of the engines can’t penetrate the rooms. Here I sat for a considerable time watching America West jets taking off and landing in a dumb show. I began counting them, noting their numbers, model makes, and tail designs. Thunderclouds blanketed the takeoff zone, and the planes vanished into them with a kind of Third Reich aplomb.
Unlike repressively gray mainlanders, the carefree islanders in their happily gaudy shirts tolerated one’s peculiarities: they let the autism flow. ” As I was talking quietly to Mark, I was thinking of Sacks’s portrait of Temple Grandin and Asperger’s vignette of Fritz V. There seemed little similarity between the three until Mark began to describe his love life. Relationships were a difficult subject. Women eluded him; he could not establish a language with them. With them, he said, he felt like a character in a Monty Python sketch—and Mark assured me that he was a huge fan of Monty Python.
Kanner, meanwhile, thought that autistic children had a disturbed relation to people but not to objects (he thought they were often highly dexterous), while Asperger considered their relations to both people and objects equally disturbed. Frith sums up the differences in the two doctors’ perspectives: Children who do not talk or who parrot speech and use strange idiosyncratic phrases, who line up toys in long rows, who are oblivious to other people, who remember meaningless facts—these will rightly conjure up Leo Kanner’s memory.