Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Bio: "The Intense World Theory states that autism is the consequence of a supercharged brain that makes the world painfully intense and that the symptoms are largely because autistics are forced to develop strategies to actively avoid the intensity and pain. Autistics see, hear, feel, think, and remember too much, too deep, and process information too completely." This isn't a blog about autism. It's a blog by someone who's in that intense world and making sense of it by thinking, drawing, writing, teaching, and most importantly, struggling for a more peaceful and just world. Walt Whitman said "I contain multitudes." I'm keeping this online journal to express my multitudes: my comics work, my political commentary, and essays on whatever interests me: art, philosophy, comics, film, history, literature, you name it. I've been writing for a long time. My books include Afghanistan in the Cinema and How Islam Created the Modern World. Before I turned to nonfiction I was a mystery novelist, author of a series that included The Black Maria, which won the 2001 Edgar Award. I teach high school, where I try to open minds and show students how to live the questions. Thanks for visiting!