You Do You, Judith Newman #BoycottToSiri

Liz Durano

I first heard about this book last summer from its narrator whom I met at a book signing and after learning that I was, in general, about 95% of the time, a stay-at-home mom to my son with special needs, she told me about the book she narrated that was amazing and that I should definitely check it out and maybe it would resonate with me.

I actually added it to my Wishlist on Audible and thought nothing of it although when the audiobook came out along with the book (it’s published by a Big Five traditional publisher, Harper Collins), hubby wanted to start the Dark Tower series by Stephen King so that Audible credit went to him. And then I forgot about it.

…until this weekend when #BoycottToSiri popped up on my Twitter feed.

Judith Newman is the author of To Siri with Love, her “honest and illuminating…

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Tonal issues with #ToSiriWithLove

And Now... For My Next Trick!

Gus was six when finally a kindly neuropsychologist told us Gus was "on the spectrum." I don't remember much about that day. I do remember that John — gruff, stalwart, very British — climbed into bed with Gus that night and sobbed. Okay, so I’m wading through “To Siri With Love” by Judith Newman, and after a couple of days of intent reading, I took a break just to restore some order to my life.

And to get some perspective. It’s easy to get caught up in the brouhaha / kerfuffle about this book, just by reading all the tweets. It’s easy to have my judgement be clouded by raw emotion.

My alexithymia is a double-edged sword — on the one hand, it lets me wade through really problematic works without getting derailed by an immediate emotional reaction. Then again, the delay in sorting out just what emotional impact things have on me has the “downstream effect” of loading me up with recurring WTF?! flashbacky-like things that get distracting and intrusive and make it hard to sustain concentration on what’s right in front of me.

So, yesterday, I needed to take an…

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Activism, A Time For Collaboration & A Time for Confrontation. Judith Newman, I Am That Confrontation. Signed, #AutisticMom | #middlefinger2stigma #boycotttosiri

International Badass Activists

Just to note, AmericanBadassActivists has upgraded to punk rock activism, top-shelf.

 #middlefinger2stigma #boycotttosiri@judithn111 We are worthy of better than you to define the actually autistic community conversation, support and help. Step Off. signed, #AutisticMom

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Activism, A Time For Collaboration & A Time for Confrontation. Judith Newman, I Am That Confrontation. Signed, #AutisticMom | #middlefinger2stigma #boycotttosiri

https://twitter.com/BadassActivist/status/940313709813022720 Just to note, AmericanBadassActivists has upgraded to punk rock activism, top-shelf.  #middlefinger2stigma #boycotttosiri@judithn111 We are worthy of better than you to define the actually autistic community conversation, support and help. Step Off. signed, #AutisticMom