The Rehearsal is a work of autistic culture, whether he embraces it or not
This piece brought back a lot of conflicting feelings I remember squirming around in while watching Nathan for You and the first 2 episodes of The Rehearsal. Been meaning to get back to Unmasking Autism by Dr. Devon Price - I'm even more curious how the book and The Rehearsal will land with the connections you've written about in the back of my mind.
How To with John Wilson (which Nathan Fielder is an executive producer on) is another show that I found really affecting, also more wholesome, that feels similarly culturally autistic.
Thanks for added layer of nuance to view these through!
The caption on the phonecall scheme photo--YES LMAO. SAME.
Another great piece. Is there a good email address I can contact you at?
I haven’t watched these shows, so I am going to check it out now. This is similarly how I felt while watching Joe Pera Talks With You, and I had a difficult time describing to people that it is a very autistic show without needing to diagnose Joe Pera. Can’t wait to dive into Autistic Disturbances now!
This was fantastic, thank you. I agree with all of it.