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Tamar Szabo Gendler (Yale University) and Andrew Solomon (Far from the Tree)

On The Mind Report, Tamar speaks to Andrew Solomon, author of the new book, Far from the Tree. Andrew explains how his eyes were opened to the rich linguistic culture of the deaf community. Tamar asks him if he thinks schizophrenia or anorexia should be valorized as identities. Next, Andrew tells the moving story of Clinton Brown, a dwarf who exceeded all expectations, and two stories about parents of transgender children in radically different communities. Finally, Andrew has some closing words on identity, illness, and parenting.

Recorded:Jan 1    Posted:Dec 2, 2012
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The Mind Report | Dec 2, 2012 | Tamar Szabo Gendler & Andrew Solomon

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