Anthony Macris: When Horse Became Saw

Jo Case
Published in May 2011 no. 331
Jo Case

Jo Case

Jo Case is senior writer/editor for the Wheeler Centre. Her previous roles have included editor of Readings Monthly, the


Not shutting up

Jo Case


When Horse Became Saw: A Family’s Journey through Autism
by Anthony Macris
Viking, $32.95 pb, 307 pp, 9780670074655


In January this year the New York Times ran a controversial review article titled ‘The Problem with Memoirs’, in which staffer Neil Genzlinger praised ‘the lost art of shutting up’. He heaped scorn on ‘our current age of oversharing’ and on the accompanying glut of memoirs on every imaginable aspect of human experience. But he reserved particular scorn for what he identified as the latest trendy topic: ‘books by parents, siblings and teachers of people with autism.’ He advised, ‘If you’re jumping on a bandwagon, make sure you have better credentials than the people already on it.’

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Published in May 2011 no. 331

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