Review of Photo Show

My first photography show about my autistic brother Michael was highlighted in yesterday’s blog post. It was reviewed in Art in America, an internationally distributed monthly dedicated to covering the contemporary art world. What an honor! The article is listed below. I would like to thank P. C. Smith, the reviewer, (and commend him for his obvious good […]

My First Show

I was invited to join a cooperative art gallery called Pulse Art, in New York City (now defunct). I had my first exhibition there in late 1995. The show was a combination of family photos and photographs I took of my autistic brother Michael in an attempt to understand him and my relationship with him. […]

Artistic Process – One Instance

I mentioned in several posts [1], [2], [3] that I took classes at the International Center of Photography to further my goal of a photography project about my older brother. Mike is not verbal, autistic and very low functioning.  I also had the good fortune of being included in a class sponsored by a friend […]

Between Fear and Sex

The joke is, “What comes between fear and sex?” …and the answer is: Funf How about, “What comes between vier und sechs?” Aha!    Die Antwort:  Fünf. Wird es jetzt sehr klar? Ok, so this is a joke to be told, not written. But this is a blog. So, what does this ‘joke’ have to […]


I was really surprised when I found a few panels of a comic strip that I must have drawn, about my brother, Michael. Mike is very low functioning, autistic and non-verbal. There is only one date in the notebook in which I scribbled my crude sketches. It dates to nearly 10 years ago. I had […]

Why Do Doctors Diagnose?

My interest in mental illness and diagnosis stems from the fact that my brother is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. In my attempt to discover more about the process of diagnosis, I have written several posts on the subject: Diagnosis, the Beginning; Diagnosis (dx) Basics; Diagnosis and Mental Health; Stamp Collecting (about taxonomy); Autism Diagnosis […]


Getting to know Mike After Mike’s 40th birthday party and his transfer to a group home, I spent a lot of time visiting him there. Michael is my older brother. He is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. I had not been close to him for a number of years, having moved around the country for […]

Brain Collage

Below is a collage that I assembled from childhood photos, photos I took during my quest to discover who my older autistic brother is, and a rubber brain – the thing that looks like a wrinkly tush. A collage should have meaning even if the viewer isn’t privy to the exact references the artist had […]

My Article in the Advocate

Below is an article I wrote for the Autism Society of America’s Advocate publication in 1997 about my older brother Michael, who is autistic, nonverbal and low functioning. I have mentioned much of this in previous posts. I thought that a copy of this article could illuminate my narrative from a slightly perspective. The photograph […]

What is Love?

I can cover that in 500 words, right? Um, I don’t think so, but I can tell you some of my thinking about what love is, a subject that has been on my mind for a very long time. I’d like to thank Maria ( for inspiring this post. She mentioned to me in a […]

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