Kenny Fries's Body, Remember: A Memoir PDF

By Kenny Fries

ISBN-10: 0299190544

ISBN-13: 9780299190545

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 scientific files and his actual scars, Fries discovers simply how deeply the thoughts and psychic scars run. As he displays on his relationships along with his relations, his compassionate health care provider, the brother who resented his incapacity, and the boys 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 resources of identification and difference.

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When I was young, taking a bath I discovered that water magnifies sound. If I submerged my head under water and listened, I was able to hear people moving in the apartment below. Under water, I was able to hear my parents' voices, though not what they were saying, in other rooms. During my first year in high school, after a bath I noticed something glistening at the base of the scar on the side of my right leg. I squeezed the area, as you would a pimple, and out of the scar and onto my finger came a tiny sliver of silver metal.

After only a few hours it is as if these smells emanate from your own body, as well. The nondescript starkness of the walls and furnishings, the lighting-all that white-makes the experience surreal. Everybody is dressed the same. Disembodied voices and signals you do not understand are heard over the announcement system. You must place your trust in men and women, often overworked and in pressured situations, who need to look at your clear plastic hospital bracelet or at your medical chart to know who you are.

I am transferred, along with my intravenous bottle, to another room to await Dr. Robbins's arrival. Dr. Milgram, dressed in street clothes including his customary bow tie, comes to me in this room and tells me that he is concerned by some' thing on the X ray taken yesterday. It seems that another tumor has grown. Or is it a shadow? He cannot tell for sure and won't know until they have opened up my thumb. He tells me Dr. Robbins has been called to an emergency and is expected to arrive within the hour.

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