congratulations on your brilliant book
11/1/2008 5:22:06 PM Eastern Standard Time
want to thank you so much for writing Disciplined Minds --
I’ve just finished it this evening and found it a really brave, insightful
and intelligent book. We first came
across a quote from it in the book Guardians of Power by the
creators of the Media Lens website here in the UK, and it sounded
intriguing. It has not
had felt very uneasy about many aspects of “the system” without ever quite
fathoming out the reasons: You have
spelt out exactly why. Your thesis
makes sense on so many levels.
my husband, wrote a PhD in 1983 at London University which his examiners
would not pass, despite it being described as “of a very high standard,”
because he maintained in his introduction that writers/playwrights/artists
are better qualified to review and criticise literature/plays/art than
academics and others. He was told
he would achieve his doctorate if he changed his introduction, but refused
on principle. Academia then closed
ranks on him despite his first class Honours degree. He immediately felt driven to write his
first novel -- Kitchener Blue -- which was published in 1996
-- and he is having his first play staged in London in April next year.
own experience of challenging the status quo took place in my middle-class English
family where I committed the cardinal sin of challenging the prevalent
“normal” (conservative) values when I asked for more honest relationships,
and caring based on actions not words.
Ideological brainwashing and unquestioned obedience sadly also take
place in families like my birth family -- not just in society at large!
own son and daughter are both actively challenging the system too -- Raoul
as a fine portrait artist and writer (http://www.raoulmartinez.com/)
and Francesca as award-winning disabled stand-up comic (http://www.francescamartinez.com/). They write political comedy together
thank you once again, both for your own personal example and for your
wonderful writing and research.