By Kenny Fries
During this poetic, introspective memoir, Kenny Fries illustrates his intersecting identities as homosexual, Jewish, and disabled. whereas studying in regards to the background of his physique via clinical documents and his actual scars, Fries discovers simply how deeply the thoughts and psychic scars run. As he displays on his relationships along with his relatives, his compassionate physician, the brother who resented his incapacity, and the lads who taught him to like, he confronts the demanding situations of his existence. physique, bear in mind is a narrative approximately connection, a redemptive and passionate testimony to 1 man’s look for the assets of identification and distinction.
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Come here, Father, come here, Mother," the bespectacled Dr. Milgram, dressed in a rumpled white shirt, black bow tie, and slightly worn, slightly oversize tweed pants held up by suspenders, said as he began to announce out loud his plans for their child. "-while he read to my parents what he was writing, illegi~ bly, in their son's medical records. Through their perseverance and driven by a belief in what I still do not know, my parents had found this unduly dedicated if always~in~a~hurry, seemingly distracted, slightly disheveled 14 Body, Remember man whose fascination with clocks gave him an imaginative understanding of the structure and movement of human bones unsurpassed for his time.
As an infant I was brought to the hospital and then dis, charged the next day, unable to have surgery because I had developed a fever. The medical records show that this hap, pened twice before the first surgery in 1961, and once before the second to be performed that same year. The doctors assumed that I was allergic to one of the pre, anesthetics routinely administered the night before surgery. They never thought my having a fever before surgery was my body's apt response to the anxiety and fear of a six,month,old infant.
I follow drip after drip after drip. Shortly after noon, almost three hours after I was taken into this room with the clock, I am wheeled back into the operating room. I pass Dr. Robbins, dressed in the familiar green, talking with Dr. Milgram, now also dressed in green, in the hallway. I am transferred back onto the operating table. The distorted reflection of myself once again comes into view. As the anesthetist hooks up a tube to the intravenous, she tells me to look away. I do not want to look away.