Mon April 27, 2009
"Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath."
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On this edition of our show, we hear from Tulsa-based writer Michael Paul Mason. His book, "Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath," has just been published in paperback --- and a free-to-the-public "launch party" for the softcover edition of this book will happen tomorrow night (4/28) at 7pm at Dwelling Spaces, a gifts-and-accessories boutique in downtown Tulsa (at 119 S. Detroit). (Editor's note: This gathering is a Book Smart Tulsa event; for more information on such, check out www.booksmarttulsa.com.) Mason's book about the ongoing questions and concerns related to severe brain injury --- and about the many people affected by it --- is as timely now as it was when the hardcover edition first appeared last year. As one critic (writing in The New York Times Book Review) has noted: "Mason deftly conveys the frustrations and inequities of traumatic brain injury . . . . [He] performs a valuable service by calling attention to the plight of the brain injured. From reading Oliver Sacks, I had come to think of neurological dysfunction as an almost fanciful affliction, its victims like characters in a work of magical realism. Mason has provided a needed, and sobering, account of reality." We spoke to Mason when "Head Cases" had originally been published; we are pleased to re-air that interview on "StudioTulsa" today.