Tuesday, September 26, 2006


One more thing: REBUILT, the book by Michael Chorost that guided and instructed Sam and me as we trod the path to implantation, has won a major national book award. The Pen/USA book award for Creative Non-Fiction. -- Well deserved! If you haven’t checked REBUILT out by now, really what’s your excuse?

A link to Mike's informative and entertaining blog is in the link list. Check it out.


Blogger Jennifer said...

Great that you mentioned this...I just ordered it today! I had been thinking about it for a while, and finally decided to just do it. So you like it, eh?

7:39 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Jennifer...it is that good. It'll really help you understand the process of getting adjusted to a CI. And it's well written too.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Josh, you're doing a great job with this blog -- you have such a wonderfully humorous touch. If your book is anything like this, you're going to have a best seller for sure.

Two questions I hope you might address in the future:

First, regarding the finances of the implant: how much did it cost, how much did your insurance cover, and how much did you have to pay yourself?

It occurs to me that most of the people I know who have implants are white. Interesting to think about the racial and class issues....

Second, you've talked about how the implant has helped you reconnect with hearing friends. I'm curious about your deaf friends -- do you still socialize with people who communicate primarily to sign language? Any change from Josh 1.0? :)

These identity issues intrigue me. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Boola boola,

Chris Krentz

8:28 PM  
Anonymous AJG said...

Josh's implant is actually pink and brown, actually...

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Alan said...

I've just started reading Rebuilt. He's almost Luddite in the beginning and his impressions of embedded microelectronics seems like he's trying to fill in page count with oversimplified generalizations.

But the most jarring sequence was when he described opening an oak seed and placing it on his nose. I didn't know what he was talking about at first. Oak tree seeds are acorns. I've never really heard them referred to as "oak tree seeds". Finally, I realized he was talking about MAPLE tree seeds.

I'm waiting to hear his description of where milk comes from.

9:38 AM  

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