[Marxism] Fwd: Off the Rails; Asperger’s Are Us | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 28 13:01:47 MST 2016


Just by coincidence, two documentaries about people with Asperger 
Syndrome premiered this November. Showing through December 1 at the 
Metrograph in New York, “Off the Rails” is a portrait of Darius 
McCollum, an African-American famous (or infamous to the authorities) 
for commandeering NY’s subway trains and buses, often under the assumed 
identity of an MTA employee. There is also “Asperger’s Are Us” that can 
be seen on ITunes and Amazon. It follows four young men with Asperger’s 
who perform together as a comedy group and who initially drawn together 
because telling jokes was one of the ways they could break out of their 
isolation. In an odd way, McCollum’s obsession with trains was his way 
of connecting with people, especially when one of his joy rides would 
make the front-page news. Perhaps joy ride is not the right term since 
McCollum’s sole interest was in following MTA regulations to the letter, 
often more conscientiously than any employee.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2016/11/28/off-the-rails-aspergers-are-us/



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