Tuesday, August 21, 2007

"Mem, Mem, Mem.

" After a stroke, a prolific novelist struggles to say how the mental world of aphasia looks and feels. [Via ectoplasmosis.]

Exactly the same thing happened to me. Apart from the bit about being a famous writer & poet.

This is a great link, and very sad. My great-grandmother had aphasia after several strokes and it was so hard to see her frustration when she struggled to say something and could only produce random syllables.

velvetrabbit's link about Edwyn Collins from earlier this week is interesting in this context.

Great link and inspiring story.

He sounds like someone interesting to talk to, and the process of his writing while coping with aphasia is compelling, but I just couldn't get into his new writing.

All of his writing can be fairly opaque.

What an absolutely riveting read!

I'm also reminded of my grandmother - she was in and out of it at the end. In one of her lucid moments she found out that my no-good cousin was in jail and insisted on dictating a letter to him. It read much like West's aphasic memoir.

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