By Kenny Fries
During this poetic, introspective memoir, Kenny Fries illustrates his intersecting identities as homosexual, Jewish, and disabled. whereas studying concerning the historical past of his physique via clinical files and his actual scars, Fries discovers simply how deeply the thoughts and psychic scars run. As he displays on his relationships together with his relations, his compassionate healthcare professional, the brother who resented his incapacity, and the boys who taught him to like, he confronts the demanding situations of his lifestyles. physique, bear in mind is a narrative approximately connection, a redemptive and passionate testimony to at least one man’s look for the resources of identification and distinction.
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I want to be in an open space and feel Kevin's body close to mine as we look around us, sharing what is happening this very moment before our eyes. But on this clear night I am able not only to understand the clarity, the intimacy both physical and intangible, that two dif, ferent people can share, but at the same time I can see once again moving from the horizon onto the shore, the haze that only hours ago made it unlikely that we would be able to wit, ness the stars. Kevin's hand feels cold on my skin.
When Dr. Milgram married his wife he told her that the only way she could understand him was to become a doctor herself. She, as well as his two sons, became doctors. When I asked my father why he decided to heed Dr. Milgram and not the countless other doctors to whom I had been taken, he said he didn't decide, Dr. Milgram just started telling him what he was going to do. "Come here, Father, come here, Mother," the bespectacled Dr. Milgram, dressed in a rumpled white shirt, black bow tie, and slightly worn, slightly oversize tweed pants held up by suspenders, said as he began to announce out loud his plans for their child.
When Helen wakes up we talk all day. She helps me can, struct the drama in which the tumor in my thumb is a sure sign from God that my disability will playa role important not only to my own fate but to that of the entire world. I am now respon, sible for all that will transpire. At seventeen, I have found the reason not only for having been born disabled, not only for my pain and suffering, not only for the hardships my parents have had to endure, but for all who are needy in the world. " Given such a burden, I realize I have a lot of work to do.
Body, Remember: A Memoir (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies) by Kenny Fries