Thoughts and illustrations on living on the autism spectrum.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Off Topic

I’ve not been writing for a while. I’ve not been drawing. I can't really explain, other than to say, things are not as clear as when I started this blog.

I would like to continue, once I’ve sorted things out, but I don’t know when that will be. Sometimes, I think about deleting what I’ve done. But I haven’t, because many have told me they like it. I do think about going in a different direction. We will see.

Right now, as I take a break and wait for inspiration to strike, I’m “losing myself” in the work of others. When not a lot makes sense in my own little corner of the world, I've often found that the right music or movie does make sense. Recently, I’ve stumbled across two that have woven their way into my consciousness. They surprised me, stirred something deep within, and they stayed with me longer than I expected.

The first is the Broken Bells record. As a longtime fan of the Shins, and to a lesser extent, Danger Mouse, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this odd pairing. Well, a month later, this CD is still living in the player in my car. It’s something special.

The second is “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” I came late to this movie, missed it in theaters, but caught it once it was out on DVD. It is wonderful in every way. Classic story, memorable characters, vivid stop-motion animation, with music that just takes it to a whole ‘nother level. I've watched it repeatedly, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve enjoyed a movie this much.

Here are two works of art by people doing what they love, each finely crafted with layers upon layers of detail. Maybe they haven’t found as big an audience as they deserve, but for their core groups of fans, it makes us positively light up inside. Like magic. Some would say that’s the measure of something truly great. Do something uniquely your own, and someone, somewhere will say, wow. Mercer and Mouse have done that for me. So has “Fox” director Wes Anderson.

I am grateful they do what they do. And that suggests to me, that I should keep on doing what I do. Whatever it is.


  1. Matt,
    Sort it out and come on back.
    There's no doubt, considering all of us other Aspies out here, you have plenty of comic material to access.
    Please don't delete your stuff.

    Though, don't take any material from my angsty blog--you'll never dig yourself out again!

  2. what you do, and what you have apparently kept doing... is help those of us just learning about this to know we are not alone, we arent the only person in this world that perceives things in a similar way... you ave helped me feel not so alone, helped me to understand parts of myself a little better... I am sincerely glad that you exist, and had the courage to author this blog.

  3. Thanks Jeremy, and I feel the same when hearing from readers like you.