Thomas D. Taylor is a writer of nonfiction as well as fiction.
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Emerging trends suggest that autism is being portrayed in literature less as a diagnosis, and more as a minority lifestyle. Sometimes it is even portrayed as a culture. Autistic factional politics are having a significant effect on autism and literature as well.
Of further concern, much of what is written by “autistics” is actually being written by “self diagnosed” autistics, and no matter who is doing the writing (autistic author or self-diagnosed author), plots, characterization, and other elements, are many times being drawn and presented based on observation of “autistics” with unconfirmed diagnoses in informal venues rather than upon observations of real, diagnosed autistics in realistic or controlled settings.
This book offers some general opinions about the topic of autistic authors, and autistics and autism in literature, and gives a critique and criticism of some specific literary works. Covered are many different forms of literature, including fiction, nonfiction, autobiographical writing, journalism, and blogging.
There are many people and organizations that are worthy of acclaim for the significant and valuable contributions they have made to improve the lives of autistics worldwide.
At the same time, earnest information seekers, and autistic people who are looking to interact with others, may find themselves unknowingly bonding with people, organizations, and factions which harbor ill-intent toward others, and they may become subject to the manipulations of those people, organizations and factions.
In the more extreme cases, speaking out, refusing to follow mandates or orders, or even abandoning the company of those one has previously bonded with, can result in online or offline bullying, or outright harassment.
This book is not meant to impugn the autism community in any way, but instead attempts to describe autism’s politics, delineate its political factions, and demonstrate how the actions of some people, autism organizations and factions manifest themselves, both in real life and on the net.
It is hoped by the author that newcomers to the world of autism will be able to read this book and come away from it having a background knowledge of autism’s politics from which they can draw on before participating in the autism community in earnest. People already immersed in the autism community may find some of the classifications and elaborative material presented here useful as well.
From a very young age, most people in so-called civilized countries are taught that all men, women, and children are part of the human race.
In times of incivility, however, the human race is often subdivided into four races: black, white, red, and yellow.
In 2013, the Idle No More movement took hold in North America. Its goal was to draw attention to the concerns of Indigenous people, particularly in Canada. In the midst of this lobby, in which the “white” and “red” “races” became virtually polarized, Thomas D. Taylor, a white man, wrote nine essays which gave his opinions about events as they unfolded.
These essays have been collected and republished here with additional commentary from Taylor. Included also is a previously unpublished essay, which is every bit as controversial as the original nine.
Members of the human race are encouraged to read this book. But be warned: doing so may cause you to develop an open mind.