I think the core criterion is the social awkwardness, but the sensory issues are a serious problem in many, many cases of autism, and they make it impossible to operate in the environment where you’re supposed to be social.
I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues: Lesbian parenting, the 1960’s, and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community.
Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests.
My work is based on the assumption that clarity and consistency in our moral thinking is likely, in the long run, to lead us to hold better views on ethical issues.
There are very few well-adjusted people in my books. But I do think that’s normal. Because everyone does have their issues and hang-ups.
Teaching has always been, for me, linked to issues of social justice. I’ve never considered it a neutral or passive profession.
Pearl Jam doesn’t just sing about issues they care about. These guys walk it like they talk it.
My characters all have issues, but I don’t see that as weird or abnormal because I think in real life there are very few bland, normal people.
Here, the broader issues are already familiar, and discussion has focused at a more sophisticated and detailed level. Within the philosophy of mind, the problem of consciousness is no big news.
There are examples of ex-presidents speaking out. Jimmy Carter has not held back on a variety of issues. Harry Truman didn’t.