intro’d to David via intro to Naoki.. then found this:
2 min – either book is fake.. or we are constantly underestimating/underplaying potential of people with autism..
i’ve been constantly underestimating what my own son is thinking.. because he can’t communicate..
we do that with everyone.. no..?
begs a nother way to communicate/live.. perhaps led by those w higher degree of autism – higashida autism law et al
7 min – where autism stops and personality starts.. who knows..
ipad is best heaven sent
David Stephen Mitchell (born 12 January 1969) is an English novelist. He has written seven novels, two of which, number9dream (2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004), were shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
After another stint in Japan, Mitchell currently lives with his wife, Keiko Yoshida, and their two children in Ardfield, Clonakilty in County Cork, Ireland. In an essay for Random House, Mitchell wrote: “I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was a kid, but until I came to Japan to live in 1994 I was too easily distracted to do much about it. I would probably have become a writer wherever I lived, but would I have become the same writer if I’d spent the last six years in London, or Cape Town, or Moose Jaw, on an oil rig or in the circus? This is my answer to myself.”
Mitchell has the speech disorder of stammering and considers the film The King’s Speech (2010) to be one of the most accurate portrayals of what it’s like to be a stammerer: “I’d probably still be avoiding the subject today had I not outed myself by writing a semi-autobiographical novel, Black Swan Green, narrated by a stammering 13 year old.” Mitchell is also a patron of the British Stammering Association.
Mitchell’s son has Autism, and in 2013 he and his wife Keiko Yoshida translated a book written by Naoki Higashida, a 13-year-old Japanese boy with autism, titled The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism.
In 2017, Mitchell and his wife translated the follow-up book by Higashida, Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism.