When discussing this play, you need to be cautious not to imply that it's an accurate depiction of autism. Mark Haddon admits to knowing nothing about the condition, and many autistics hate his story for spreading misleading stereotypes about it. The best thing I've ever read on this situation was a review written by Elizabeth Bartmess for the blog Disability in the Kidlit. You can find other autistic opinions at goo.gl/6Z3Xzf, which I swear isn't a press release, or at least not a professionally written one.
There should be an expansion on BBQ to include sauces and not just food establishments. This is NC after all, would be nice to see the beat sauce in the triangle...
" . . . the ad carried U.S. Senator Richard Burr's now-familiar pic - that oddly thin, almost forced smile, those sharp blue eyes . . . ."
Just congenially curious - by what percent less must Mr. Burr's:
- eyes be "sharp" and (some other color than?) "blue", and
- smile (lips?) be "odd" and "thin" and "forced"
that it would never occur to the writer to comment on them? ( Are the writer's above quoted comments not ad hominem per The Independent's publishing guidelines? Is there anyone else about whose eyes and lips the writer would decline to comment?)
I do not see eye-to-eye (Ar! Ar!) with Mr. Burr on his political ideology, but how are his physical characteristics possibly relevant? What would the writer have Mr. Burr do to correct these physical vicissitudes which apparently offend the writer's delicate aesthetic sensibilities - convene a prayer circle and beseech divine Providence for a revelation and miracle to deliver Mr. Burr from what the writer avers ails him? Colored contact lenses and collagen treatments?
Oh, Kenneth and Caitlin. I don't know what to say except that I am so moved by your words, Kenneth, and just so happy to have news of you, Caitlin. I have thought of you so many times over the years. Thank you for writing this, Kenneth (you are an amazing writer!) and thank you for allowing him to write it, Caitlin. Much love to both of you.
Also, someone said they didn't know Kelly but knew "Kelly's wife..." For the record, Kelly was never married-to anyone at anytime. Just a clarification. Admittedly, the relationship that produced his son was the closest thing to a traditional family unit Kelly ever had, but he was never married.
You might want to get the name of the town right.
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