Monday, June 29, 2009

Thinking In Pictures

Recently, we started reading Thinking In Pictures as a class assignment. After reading The Quiet Room, I figured this would be a good book as well. The first 20 pages were fairly okay and interesting but then after that, I found myself skimming through the pages. You may be wondering why? Well, for numerous reasons.

I am not a text book kind of person. I hate reading text books because it is all information and contains nothing that I can emotionally connect to. This book contains a lot of information about autism but the author, Temple, does not describe her life living with autism. This brings me back to what Ms. Kim told us to do in our college essays, "Show. Don't tell." I find that this will be a really good advice to Temple because what I get from the book is that she is telling, not showing what life is like for her. Not only that but there is quite a lot of information to absorb and I find it overwhelming. This information can be found in text books, and like I said, I am not fond of text books.

Reading The Quiet Room also added more reasons for my dislike for Thinking In Pictures. In The Quiet Room, I felt emotionally attached to the book so it grabbed my attention. It came to the point that I could not even put down the book. The main difference is the personal account of the book. Lori was able to show what she went through which helped the reader comply with her own experiences. In Temple's book, she is just generalizing and teaching the reader what autism is. 

What I found out about myself is that I like it when I can emotionally connect to the experiences in the book, I am more likely to continue reading it. Maybe this is why I despise reading text books. I have learned something about myself. 


Charles Tillman Ramsey said...

Very good post. I am pleased with your development. I very much enjoyed reading your rationale and reasoning behind your conclusion. This was a well written and clear post. If you continue writing like this, the sky is the limit.

Keep up the good work. I like it.

Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
School Board Member
West Contra Costa
Unified School District

Don Gosney said...


Your comments are well taken. Even cut and dried textbook type of books need to be written so they don't put the reader to sleep. There has to be a balance.

I'm looking at a couple of books on my shelf of basic derivatives and calculus formulas. It's very useful stuff and there have been times when I desperately needed what was in these books but I would never consider sitting in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot tea trying to read these books for enjoyment. Like this book, it's just information.