On Being N.E.D.

This is an “On Being” essay. An “On Being” essay is an assignment I give my students: part personal narrative, part critical analysis. Narrative, because your lived experience matters; analytical, because to investigate and challenge that experience is to make it meaningful. I teach courses in the medical humanities, courses on health, illness, disability, and…


I Guess That I Will Weep No More

Recently I saw a brilliantly chilling local production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. This musical, which grants the stage to the men and women who have attempted and, in four instances, succeeded in assassinating the President of the United States, is usually modified by the word “controversial.”.The show’s inaugural run in 1990-91 lost momentum amid surging…