More Than a Thing to Ignore: An Interview with Tito Mukhopadhyay

From Disability Studies Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 1 (2010).

Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay is a twenty-one year old man with what the medical community would describe as “severe” or “low-functioning” autism. He grew up in India and came to America with his mother at the age of 13. He is the author of three books: The Mind Tree, The Gold of the Sunbeams, and How Can I Talk If My Lips Don’t Move? The first of these Tito wrote between the ages of 8 and 11, and I would venture to say that it is the best book ever written by anyone under the age of twelve. But even this description doesn’t do justice to just how sophisticated and writerly it is. Many an accomplished professional would sell their souls to have authored this book — or Tito’s others, for that matter.

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