From NY Times: Blake Charlton started cata­loging insults in the second grade. Notable put-downs heard outside his special-ed class­room included “dimwinky,” “retar­dochuckles” and “the meat in the sand­wich of stupid.” The last of which, if you think about it, is a seri­ously impres­sive use of metaphor for a 7-year-old. Blake learned all the jokes about dyslexia, and told them to better effect than anyone else. Making fun of himself was his best defense. The other choices — hiding from his diag­nosis or accepting himself as limited — didn’t appeal. · Go to Defining my dyslexia →