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 in regards to the historical past 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 together with his kin, his compassionate health practitioner, the brother who resented his incapacity, and the boys who taught him to like, he confronts the demanding situations of his lifestyles. Body, Remember is a narrative approximately connection, a redemptive and passionate testimony to at least one man’s look for the assets of id and difference.

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It is as if all the fear stored up from all my previous surgeries and hospital stays, after years of inattention, has risen from where 1 was sure it had until now been buried. A nurse arrives to take my blood soon after I settle in. The needle in my arm, I faint. I have never fainted when having blood drawn before. Never before have I even felt light,headed or dizzy. While I am blacked out the surgery takes place in my mind. When I revive, thinking the surgery has already been per, formed, I am very disappointed to find out that I fainted just a minute before, that the surgery will take place tomorrow, that nothing has yet transpired.

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. It was this short, portly cross between a mad professor and a bookish farmer, this doctor who walked like a duck, who would be responsible for the reconstruction of my legs.

As we watch the sky his 9 Kenny Fries hand mindlessly moves up and down my leg. The second finger on his left hand begins to play with one of the holes adjoining the scar, just above where my right foot juts out at almost ninety degrees from my leg. Suddenly, involuntarily, I jump. " Kevin asks. I take a deep breath and the warm night air gets caught in my throat. I taste sand and ocean salt. But all I can smell is ether-the antiseptic odor that pervaded Dr. Milgram's crowded waiting room to his hospital office, when I was young.

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