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What's That Pig Outdoors?

What's That Pig Outdoors?: A Memoir of Deafness

Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 224
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    What's That Pig Outdoors?
    Book Description:

    Henry Kisor lost his hearing at age three to meningitis and encephalitis but went on to excel in the most verbal of professions as a literary journalist. This new and expanded edition of Kisor's engrossing memoir recounts his life as a deaf person in a hearing world and addresses heartening changes over the last two decades due to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and advancements in cochlear implants and modes of communication._x000B__x000B_Kisor tells of his parents' drive to raise him as a member of the hearing and speaking world by teaching him effective lip-reading skills at a young age and encouraging him to communicate with his hearing peers. With humor and much candor, he narrates his time as the only deaf student at Trinity College in Connecticut and then as a graduate student at Northwestern University, as well as his successful career as the book review editor at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News. Life without hearing, Kisor says, has been fine and fulfilling._x000B__x000B_Widely praised in popular media and academic journals when it was first published in 1990, What's That Pig Outdoors? opened new conversations about the deaf. Bringing those conversations into the twenty-first century, Kisor updates the continuing disagreements between those who advocate sign language and those who practice speech and lip-reading, discusses the increased acceptance of deaf people's abilities and idiosyncrasies, and considers technological advancements such as blogging, instant messaging, and hand-held mobile devices that have enabled deaf people to communicate with the hearing world on its own terms.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09019-6
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Foreword
    (pp. ix-x)

    Here is a remarkable book. It is the autobiography of a man totally deaf since childhood. It is also the story of a man who became a distinguished journalist.

    It would be interesting on either count. There are many autobiographies of deaf people and there are many autobiographies of distinguished journalists. But this is the only life story I have ever read of a deaf person which is also written by a first-class writer. The only exception is Helen Keller’sThe Story of My Life, not really comparable because Helen of course was blind as well.

    And it makes all...

  3. Preface
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  4. what’s that pig outdoors?
    (pp. 1-206)

    When we newspapermen turn the last page of our lives, we are praised at the wake and forsaken after the grave. Our achievements, after all, are as transitory as the events we chronicle. What will we have produced that will last? In my case, perhaps this book about my deafness.

    One of the reasons I have written it is to help fill a void. The body of literature about the deaf by the deaf is rather small. A good deal more has been produced by educators of the deaf, parents of the deaf, and offspring of the deaf. Much of...

  5. Back Matter
    (pp. 207-208)