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University of Minnesota Press (August 2004)
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Final PDF / epub


A Touretter's Tale

by Handler, Lowell

“When I was conceiving and planning Motherless Brooklyn ..., Lowell Handler and his essential Twitch and Shout was one of my great resources – and led to a lifetime's appreciation for Lowell's art – his photography and films, and his personality. How wonderful that it's being reissued at this signal moment for his friend and mentor Oliver Sacks, as well.” – Jonathan Lethem

• In April 2019, Knopf will publish Sacks' new posthumous book Everything in its Place, with a chapter called "Travels with Lowell" which chronicles Sacks' trips together with Lowell.

• In late 2019, Ric Burns new film Oliver Sacks: His Own Life will air on the American Masters Series on PBS, with Lowell Handler's interview and featuring Lowell's photographs. It will be broadcast extensively overseas on television and have a theatrical release as well.

Lowell Handler is a former Black Star contract photographer-journalist whose pictures have appeared in Life, Newsweek, Elle, U.S. News & World Report, The (London) Sunday Times Magazine, Hippocrates, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report, as well as many international journals from Brazil to Japan.

Lowell's first book, TWITCH & SHOUT (Dutton 1998) was profiled in The New York Times Book Review, and called by Entertainment Weekly "A mind-bending account of a mind-boggling affliction." The author's other written work has been published in The New York Observer, Health, and the American Psychological Association's Contemporary Psychology. In 1996 PBS aired an Emmy-nominated film of the same name, in which Handler served as associate producer, presenter, and narrator.

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...this memoir has all the energy and twitchiness of Tourettes Syndrome, which is probably exactly what Handler intended.

Review: Kirkus Reviews

It's a mind-bending account of a mind-boggling affliction.

Review: Entertainment Weekly

For any interested in this curious disorder, this book is a must read.

Review: Publishers Weekly

Handler's touching though sometimes awkward prose offers readers an insightful account of the pain and triumph that one person experienced making peace with the limitations of his existence.

Review: The New York Times Book Review

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