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My Dyslexia by Philip Schultz
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Nov 08, 2011

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I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.

This was a beautifully written, but meandering memoir. Something felt unfocused, but it was enjoyable because Philip Schultz can craft a tale with beautiful words.

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Emily I'm just going on my dyslexic, ADD gut instinct here, but I think the meandering and arguably unfocused nature of the book was quite deliberate, though probably also instinctual and automatic.

Note the layout of the front cover - which read in the "normal" order says, "My Pulitzer Philip Prize Dyslexia Winner Schultz" - and his passage about deliberately making wrong turns when driving because that is how his mind works best.

He is, after all, a poet. And he is using the form and flow of the narrative to reinforce and expand on the central emotional concept of the book: a dyslexic mind works in an entirely different way than a normal mind. A convoluted, tortured, difficult way that offers an unexpected and complex result with a unique beauty that could only have been produced by that very process.

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