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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 454/700 pages
Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights
Melanie Windridge
Progress: 205/320 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 164/1102 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
She Stoops to Conquer and Other Comedies (Oxford World's Classics)
Henry Fielding, David Garrick, Oliver Goldsmith
Progress: 159/448 pages
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages
I Am a Cat
Graeme Wilson, Aiko Ito, Sōseki Natsume
Progress: 410/638 pages
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Progress: 651/1220 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 23 out of 397 pages.

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome - Tony Attwood

Opens with the "new" (2006) official assessment/diagnosis criteria for use in the USA and a critique of it. He's critical of most of the changes and the dropping of the term "Asperger's Syndrome." I agree on all points and note that Britain appears to to have ignored these changes for the most part.


Where-as in the USA the official term is "Autistic Spectrum Disorder", in the UK we have "Autistic Spectrum Condition." The UK version is marginally better in that I don't feel in the least "disordered", merely different. "Condition" however kinda has associations with illness - but I certainly don't consider it a disease. Unofficially everybody is still using "Asperger's Syndrome" because it's abundantly clear that it's less pejorative and people with the diagnosis prefer it: You can call me "Aspie."