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I grew up on a farm along the banks of the Upper Mississippi River in Wisconsin. I overcame the educational system to earn a PhD in Organizational Learning at The Union Institute and University. Early on in my career I developed curriculum for adults and taught at a small liberal arts college. Then I was approached to do research with a group that started at MIT; I spent the next ten years studying Harley-Davidson; I was their Learning Historian/Reflective Analyst.
Eventually my desire to write beat to death my desire to consult, so I set out to tell the kinds of stories I couldn't share in proprietary documents, even though I occasionally tried. When first thought of the project that became Daveland, I thought it would be a humorous travelogue, that’s when Dave showed up.
If you don’t count my eight guitars and four bikes, I live a very simple life in San Francisco.
on Sep. 21, 2011 :
Part memoir of a middle-age study abroad experience and part autobiography of life with learning disabilities, this is an entertaining and enlightening look at exceptionality from the inside out. Marty Castleberg presents an exemplary case of the twice exceptional individual, a person with gifts and learning disabilities that pose significant challenges in developing those gifts into talents. Those challenges are personified as "Dave," an id who appears at critical moments to thwart Marty's higher ambitions to master the discourse of the neurotypical social world. I found the travelogue entertaining, having survived my own study abroad in Latin America a decade and a half ago, although with much different results! The explicit discussions of Marty's learning disabilities in Chapters 12 and 19 will be most interesting to teachers of children with special needs, although there are moments throughout that will give the reader pause to consider how the "ordinary" world can be perceived as anything but by someone with Marty's unique constellation of strengths and challenges.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)