Sunday, August 13, 2006
Here in My Car
Today's Times of London covers an Asperger memoir, Daniel Tammet's Born on a Blue Day:
As an isolated and obsessive little boy, he spent his time covering the inside of the garden shed with ancient Phoenician lettering, and was fascinated by the fact that all three of his childhood home addresses were prime numbers: 5, 43 and 181. He sees any prime number as a beautiful round pebble. At the same time he has virtually no sense of direction, gets lost easily and struggles to remember left from right. He becomes anxious if his routines are upset, the rigid order of his day beginning with exactly 45g of porridge for breakfast.He's in some good company, of course: over in today's San Francisco Chronicle, Gary Numan talks about his Asperger's diagnosis.