âWhat you have in your hands is a bomb. But it is the kind you need to hold on to for dear life, not run away from.â âFrom the Foreword, John Lee Clark Christopher Jon Heuer lost his hearing early, but not before âbeing able to hear a lot as a kid.â He also received a good education, both in a speech-oriented setting and a signing environment. These varied experiences provided him with the perfect background to write about biases he faced, not only those of a mostly oblivious hearing society, but also those of ideologically restrictive members of the Deaf community. BUG: Deaf Identity and Internal Revolution combines new work of Heuerâs with his best columns from The Tactile Mind Weekly and the National Association of the Deafâs Mind Over Matter. He addresses all topics â exit interviews, baldness, faith healing, marriage, cats, Christmas trips, backyard campfires in boxer shorts â with a withering wit that spares no aspect of life and deafness. Being âbuggedâ for Heuer began early: âWhen I was growing up, my motherâs response to every problem I had was: âWell, he just needs to adjust to his deafness.â Bloody nose? âChris, you need to adjust to your deafness.â Homework not done? âI know itâs hard adjusting to your deafness, honey, but ....â Acne scarring? âLots of teenagers get zits, Chris. I know itâs hard for you, dealing with this while trying to adjust to your ....ââ He rebelled then, and continues through his even-handed irreverence in BUG, a bomb that should go off in everyoneâs consciousness about being deaf and Deaf.
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