Body, Remember: A Memoir (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian by Kenny Fries

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 scientific 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 kinfolk, 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, have 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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Milgram on his next visit took it off. I want to tell Kevin how these two men, supposedly 10 Body, Remember working together so I could walk better, did not agree on the best way to lessen the chance of infection in my leg. I want to tell Kevin why I jumped when his finger grazed that hole. I want him to know that when the pins were removed Dr. Milgram at first insisted that it could be done without anes~ thetics. I want to be able to describe the pain when that was tried, how it still racks my body when the holes where the pins were inserted are touched.

I have no words or insight to explain what has been going on. I am too anesthetized to heed my body's alarm. I want him to know how afraid I am. I want him to know how I need his love more than I ever have. But I also know if I begin to talk about my panic attacks, that might trigger one, and I want to avoid embarrassing myself by not being able to breathe in front of my father. I don't want to worry him. So I tell him what I know he wants to hear. "I think I'll be okay," I say. "We'll call you when we get home," he tells me before he leaves.

My medical records state that between February 8, 1961, when I first was taken to Dr. Milgram, and December 11, 1964, 24 Body, Remember when this particular medical summary ends, I was admitted into the hospital for three operations. Two took place in 1961, one on my left leg on March 14, one on my right leg on April 20. The third surgery was performed on my right leg on February 11, 1964. "We must overcome foot before work with knee flexion," Dr. Milgram notes in these early medical records. His desire to increase the angle of my ankle, as well as the extension of my leg, were achieved by these three operations, in which Dr.

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