By Kenny Fries
During this poetic, introspective memoir, Kenny Fries illustrates his intersecting identities as homosexual, Jewish, and disabled. whereas studying in regards to the background of his physique via scientific files and his actual scars, Fries discovers simply how deeply the stories and psychic scars run. As he displays on his relationships together with his kin, his compassionate physician, the brother who resented his incapacity, and the lads who taught him to like, he confronts the demanding situations of his lifestyles. physique, be mindful 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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When I was young, I performed: I sang, played the piano, acted in plays and musicals. But by the time I reached high school, something began to change. One afternoon, coming home from school, as I reached for my keys, I noticed the reflection of the full~length of my body in our apartment building's glass front doors. To my sur~ prise, the reflection that confronted me in the glass was not the image of myself I saw in my mind. Did what I see reflected back to me correspond to how others perceived me?
They don't know any better," she answers. "Midget" was one of the epithets with which my older brother, Jeffrey, would taunt me. I never asked my mother why my brother called me midget or if she ever told him not to say it. But why did I say it out loud on Eight,sixth Street? Had I learned this word from my brother? Did he learn it when other kids embarrassed me in the street? How did he feel when they called me names? Later, when I was in elementary school, there was a midget named Scott who was a grade or two ahead of me.
Did he learn it when other kids embarrassed me in the street? How did he feel when they called me names? Later, when I was in elementary school, there was a midget named Scott who was a grade or two ahead of me. " "No, you're not a midget," she told me. " "A midget needs clothes specially ordered for him," was my mother's answer. " Scott was the only other student who was what we now would call physically different in the schools I attended. Even after I graduated on to junior high school I would meet people whom I vaguely recognized from elementary school who would call me Scott.
Body, Remember: A Memoir (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies) by Kenny Fries