Lynn Casteel Harper
The Frye Museum’s Creative Aging Series today features this midday appearance by Baptist minister and nursing home chaplain Lynn Casteel Harper, author of the recently published On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Catapult). A 2020 New York Times’ Editors’ Choice selection, this book has caused a stir.
“A compassionate collection of essays examining dementia from an unusually hopeful point of view . . . Harper moves smoothly between abstract reflections and concrete experiences, reflecting often on the effects of dementia on her grandfather and on her relationship with him, her fears that a genetic link to the disease may have been passed down to her, and her encounters with many individuals, all described in strikingly specific terms, surviving dementia in their own ways . . . Moving insights into a situation many will face.” —Kirkus Reviews. “A searching, poetic inquiry into dementia. . . . [Harper] writes without fear or aversion but with a robust, restless curiosity, a keenness to reframe our understanding of dementia with sensitivity and accuracy. . . . In her beautifully unconventional book, Harper examines the porousness of the borders, the power of imagination and language to grant better futures to our loved ones and ourselves.” —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times.
Presented by the Frye Art Museum’s Creative Aging Series.