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Forbidden Signs

Forbidden Signs by Douglas C. Baynton is a book that traces the history of sign language in the United States and how and why oralism attempted to obliterate signing and replace it with lip reading and speech. As the author … Continue reading

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1980s redux

This looks potentially interesting: Dave Sirota’s upcoming book: What’s With Our New 1980s Fetish? We’re Going BACK TO OUR FUTURE. Sirota says: As I argue, 1980s pop culture truly defines how we think about major issues today. Indeed, as trivial … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Book of Name Signs

This was a fascinating book, although it’s very easy to overlook. It’s a slender little book, barely 100 pages including the intro, text, list of signs, and references. Plus, fully half the book simply lists acceptable name-signs in alphabetic order. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mindfield by John F. Egbert

I’ve just finished reading Mindfield by John F. Egbert, who kindly sent me a copy. I thought this was an excellent book, and I think it might be a good way to introduce issues surrounding deafhood and deaf culture via … Continue reading

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book review: Forbidden Signs

Forbidden Signs is a book that traces the history of sign language in the United States and how and why oralism attempted to obliterate signing and replace it with lip reading and speech. As the author himself notes, the history … Continue reading

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Interesting quotes from Forbidden Signs…

…in light of recent conversations around here. (I do plan on a proper review, but I happened across this gem just now.) From Forbidden Signs, pp 103: Another measure of the oralist preoccupation with efficiency was the support they gave … Continue reading

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library thing scanner

Wow…it works (the scanner you can purchase at Library Thing). And I’ve got linux, so that’s great news, it seems to be bullet proof. I am SO in trouble 🙂 Just wait ’till I get home tonight… Like 0

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librarything

I may be in trouble. This is COOL!!! browneyedgirl65’s books | LibraryThing LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers So help me, I’ve ordered that little scanner they have… Like 0

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more on mask of benevolence

It’s taking me a while to get through this book, in part because I keep coming across snippets and bits that make me want to get out here and pound out some more rants, so I set the book down … Continue reading

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“You Have To Be Deaf To Understand”

What is it like to be curious To thirst for knowledge you can call your own With an inner desire that’s set on fire— And you ask a sister, brother, or friend Who looks in answer and says, “Never mind”? … Continue reading

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book review: Alone in the Mainstream

I finished reading this book a few days ago and I would highly recommend it to: people who were themselves the only deaf person in their school (for any length of time); hearing people (epecially the ones who Just Insist … Continue reading

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