I recall reading this book when it first came out in 2003, and being struck by how well it captured the visual and cognitive aspects of Asperger’s Syndrome as the high functioning tip of the Autism iceberg. Much attention is given in the book to the implication of difficulties with visual processing of social cues from gaze.
Although the author has resisted “labeling” the story’s main character, there is much good to be gained in having both individuals on the high end of the ASD spectrum, and those struggling to understand them, read this marvelous book. Or perhaps, at the risk of sensory overload, to see the play.
The play is in the news this morning, given that “curious” won the Tony Award for both best play, and best actor. I was rooting for fellow Philadelphian Bradley Cooper to walk off with the best actor nod, but the honors bestowed on curious are well-deserved, though I’ve only seen excerpts of it. curious represents a story of hope from the Arts that expands the autistic spectrum well beyond the narrow depiction of low functioning mathematic savantism popularized in Rain Man.