Thursday, December 16, 2010

Trying to get a word in edgewise

On his journal, Roger Ebert (worth reading any time in any form - his reviews, journal or twitter feed) has a wonderful post in response to an email sent to him by a man who, like Ebert, has lost his ability to speak.

When I went deaf, the most unexpected, profound and painful side effect was the isolation and the resulting frustration. It's unintentional on the part of your coworkers, family, companions - hell, many of mine went far out of their way to try to alleviate it - but it's inevitable and unavoidable. And awful and lonely.

Never did it occur to me that losing the power of speech would lead to the same experiences.

We really, really take our senses for granted.


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Blogger Mike said...


6:45 a.m.  
Blogger Ronnie said...

Like Mike said: wow. Thank you for opening another door...

10:22 a.m.  
Blogger Brian Fies said...

I read Ebert regularly because I think he's just a damn fine writer, and had already seen this piece. Didn't connect it with your situation, though, which is a welcome insight. I think it's really neat how Roger has taken to the Web and really blossomed as an essayist, and really seems to be enjoying himself.

3:59 p.m.  
Anonymous Anna said...

A volte proprio dalla grande sofferenza si sperimenta la vera gioia....

5:22 a.m.  

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