Motherless Brooklyn

by Jonathan Lethem

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What is the relationship between disability and space, specifically New York, in Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn?

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Cool question. Some thoughts I have are about Brooklyn, and the way it is portrayed especially through the character of Minna. Minna rules certain parts of Brooklyn through hazy and strange relationships-- perhaps the way that the mind of someone with tourette's syndrome or schizophrenia finds his mind ruled by different impulses and voices. Just as how Brooklyn is sometimes small and easy to figure out, and other times mysterious and strange, with corners and pockets that are undiscovered, so is the mind. This is heightened in the mind of the impaired.

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