The Slippery Brain Sodality
What’s a “slippery brain?”
The definition of slippery brain is a work-in-progress (see in sodality, on another occasion, "slippery brain," and more reflections on slippery brain). That said, let me paraphrase Paul Grobstein, who coined the term some 5-6 years ago, and once told me that a slippery brain is a brain that changes states frequently/rapidly, making it disconcerting to others and (sometimes?) to oneself.
Alternately, it may be that slippery-brain is a quality or state of mind that we all have the potential to experience, though some with greater likelihood than others.
Furthermore, although it may be experienced as bewildering/frustrating, we tend to believe that it is ultimately more “a feature” than “a bug.”
Why a book/film club?
Despite the above assertion, learning to live with and enjoy slippery-brainedness can be a challenge, made easier through association with other slippery brains. Thus, one aim of the club is to foster such learning and growth by exploring stories by and/or about other slippery brains and sharing our own personal experiences. At the same time, engaging with these stories holds value for anyone, slippery-brained or not, as it challenges conventional notions of “normal” and offers a more inclusive (and, I would argue, much more interesting) alternative.
What kinds of books and films do you consider?
We do not have any strict rules about this – as long as it’s germane to the overall topic, it’s fair game (incl. shorter material - articles, essays, excerpts...).
A Mind Apart (S. Antonetta)
Animals in Translation (T. Grandin)
Stone Butch Blues (L. Feinberg)
Man on Wire (P. Petit)
Nobody Nowhere (D. Williams)
Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity (E. Goffman)
The Happiness Hypothesis (J. Haidt)
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Ishmael Beah)
The Echo Maker (Richard Powers)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (our first film)
Tiger, Tiger (Margaux Fragoso)
(Taken January 22, 2011 - beautiful memory - thank you, Laura and Jeff)