Kenny Fries embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and buoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality, are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.
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Articles and Essays
- Essay: "What's Wrong with This Picture?" (Hineni Magazine)
- Letter: "Dear Young Disabled Writer and Disabled Writers Not Yet Born" (Letters to the Revolution)
- Essay: "How Adrienne Rich Taught Me To Drive: The Education of a Gay Disabled Writer" (The Progressive)
- Op-Ed: "Running Outside of His Lane" (The Washington Post)