How to be 'normal' : notes on the eccentricities of modern life / Daniel Tammet

By: Tammet, Daniel 1979-.
Series: Little Ways to Live a Big Life.Publisher: [United Kingdom], Quercus Publishing, 2020Description: 50 pages ; illustrations : 19 cm.ISBN: 9781529410204.Subject(s): AUTISM | ASPERGER SYNDROME | DIFFERENCE | NEUROTYPICAL | ATTITUDES | DIVERSITY | PSYCHOLOGYOnline resources: Cover image
Contents:
Introduction -- A nightclub -- The tatooist -- Small talk -- Ugly vegetables -- Letters -- Lost property -- The anti-age cream user -- Joggers -- Going up -- Selfies -- Electioneering -- The lottery
Summary: Daniel Tammet is an essayist, poet, novelist and translator. In 2004, he was diagnosed with high-functioning autistic savant syndrome. In this eye-opening and fascinating book, he takes readers on a tour around nightclubs, ponders the significance of tattoos, delves into anti-age creams and puzzles over playing the lottery, all from the perspective of someone who approaches everything in life from a unique angle. After all, this is a man for whom Wednesdays are always blue, who sees numbers as shapes and who learned conversational Icelandic from scratch in seven days. These short essays come together in a beautifully written, sometimes humorous but always refreshing narrative that focuses on the eccentricities of modern life as seen through the eyes of someone always on the outside. Rather wonderfully, it illustrates the eccentricity inherent in every kind of mind, reminding us of the little-noticed strangeness of our common humanity, while subtly questioning what it means to be thought 'normal'. -- amazon.com
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Cover: by the bestselling author of 'Born On a Blue Day'

Introduction -- A nightclub -- The tatooist -- Small talk -- Ugly vegetables -- Letters -- Lost property -- The anti-age cream user -- Joggers -- Going up -- Selfies -- Electioneering -- The lottery

Daniel Tammet is an essayist, poet, novelist and translator. In 2004, he was diagnosed with high-functioning autistic savant syndrome. In this eye-opening and fascinating book, he takes readers on a tour around nightclubs, ponders the significance of tattoos, delves into anti-age creams and puzzles over playing the lottery, all from the perspective of someone who approaches everything in life from a unique angle. After all, this is a man for whom Wednesdays are always blue, who sees numbers as shapes and who learned conversational Icelandic from scratch in seven days. These short essays come together in a beautifully written, sometimes humorous but always refreshing narrative that focuses on the eccentricities of modern life as seen through the eyes of someone always on the outside. Rather wonderfully, it illustrates the eccentricity inherent in every kind of mind, reminding us of the little-noticed strangeness of our common humanity, while subtly questioning what it means to be thought 'normal'. -- amazon.com

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