By Kenny Fries
In this poetic, introspective memoir, Kenny Fries illustrates his intersecting identities as homosexual, Jewish, and disabled. whereas studying concerning the heritage of his physique via clinical documents and his actual scars, Fries discovers simply how deeply the stories and psychic scars run. As he displays on his relationships together with his kin, his compassionate physician, the brother who resented his incapacity, and the boys who taught him to like, he confronts the demanding situations of his existence. Body, Remember is a narrative approximately connection, a redemptive and passionate testimony to at least one man’s look for the resources of id and difference.
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Fact: Christ was Jewish, wasn't he? "We can get purple microdots," Helen, my only personal ref~ erence point to the sixties, says. She is telling me about the infamous LSD supply made in the labs at MIT. It is parents weekend during my freshman year at Brandeis, and because my parents have a wedding, Helen has come to visit instead. We buy the drug and drop acid. We roam the campus. It is mid~October and during autumn this is a beautiful, tranquil place. What remains on the trees are dark earth colors.
What remains on the trees are dark earth colors. Dry leaves crackle beneath our feet as we walk aimlessly. I tell Helen I feel as if someone is watching us, as if we are being followed by someone making a movie of our lives. When we make our way up to the highest place on campus I reach down and with my left hand pick up a broken branch. Holding the dry bark in my hand, I notice that my left thumb, the one from which the tumor of unknown origin had been removed a year and a half before, is dark blue.
This accident happened shortly after my recuperation from major surgery on my right leg, and my wearied parents could not bring themselves to admit that something could now be wrong with my stronger left leg. After months of my difficult recuperation, the random act of a bicyclist stretched the limit of what my parents could endure. That night of the bicycle accident, despite the pain, and although I knew something was very wrong, I entertained myself with the liquid bubble~maker bought for me earlier in the day.