Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"Joshua's Tough Questions for His Mother"

This link will take you to a page where you can click "Listen" to hear this 5-minute installment from NPR's (National Public Radio's) Driveway Moments* series. Below is NPR's description of "Joshua's Tough Questions for His Mother:"

"Joshua Littman was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, when he was 5. When he was 9, he joined MENSA. Recently, Joshua, 12, wrote a list of questions to ask his mother."

That one touched me. I thought I'd share and see what the rest of you thought.

EDIT: As I told my girlfriend, last night, I misinterpreted his mom saying Joshua was more or less spoilers:
born without social genes
end of spoilers as her saying he was a Vulcan. Clearly, from the recording, he has feelings of insecurity, jealousy, and sympathy, while lacking spoilers:
interpersonal and social nuances
end of spoilers, as my girlfriend put it.

Pretty compelling for a 5 minute recording. Apparently, though, the full list of questions is available somewhere on NPR.org (Click here for the full article.). I wonder how much was cut due to time restrictions versus propriety concerns.

* - The idea is that these stories are so interesting that you'll find yourself still sitting in your car, parked in the driveway, so you can hear the end of the segment. If this one's any indication, they picked a great name for these.


The_Practitioner said...

I'm lost. But then again what else is new (lol).

West said...

You're a smart guy, so if you're lost, there's probably a good reason.

It's just a suggestion to listen to an NPR segment I found informative and touching. Sorry if I was unclear.