Twitch and Shout: A Touretter's Taleby Lowell Handler, Elkhonon Goldberg (Foreword by), Neal R. Swerdlow (Afterword)
Lowell Handler has Tourette's syndrome, a disorder characterized by exaggerated facial tics, sudden jerking movements, and public outbursts. Although he is an acclaimed photojournalist, Handler has often seen himself as a social outcast. In Twitch and Shout, Handler sets out, camera in hand, on a journey through less than savory parts of America. From a transvestite bar in Tampa to a flophouse in New Orleans to a community health center in New York, he meets people who, like himself, don't conform to conventional society. With a keen eye for detail and an acute sense of humor, this memoir perfectly captures the unforgettable life of a Touretter.
Thus the disorder has not only shaped Handler's life, but has been the focus of most of his life's work. His account of his travels around the country with Sacks as they sought out Touretters is a warts-and-all picture of the noted author, whose peculiar sleeping habits and other idiosyncracies Handler is not averse to recording. He is even more forthright about his own problems, however, describing his search for relief through various drugs (Haldol, pimozide, and for a long time a combination of Prozac and marijuana), his difficult relationship with his brother, the end of his unhappy marriage, in which his pot-smoking lifestyle played no small part, andhis brief affair with an especially troubled young woman. With its disjointed structure and photographs that seem to have been flipped carelessly, even haphazardly, onto the page, this memoir has all the energy and twitchiness of Touretteþs Syndrome, which is probably exactly what Handler intended.
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