In the summer of 2007, I was a PhD student, an American actor/director, touring a show to the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh.  Until the night of my collapse. When I woke up from my emergency surgery, I was told that an aneurysm had ruptured in my brain. I was diagnosed as having “aphasia”—I was 27 years old, and I had largely lost my abilities to speak, read, and write.

A STITCH OF TIME mainly follows the twelve months from September 2007 to August 2008, the year following the aneurysm’s rupture.

This memoir heavily relies on the use of raw materials in the telling of its story. The book operates with a narrative, but also interacts with documents produced during the most language-impaired periods—allowing readers to glimpse the intricate machinations of a mind in construction.


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