One thing I liked about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time was the font. It was incredibly easy to read, being sans serif, as opposed to the serifed font used in the vast majority of books.
Fonts on a screen have different effects, and the general consensus is that serifed fonts are easier to read on paper and sans serif fonts are easier to read on a screen. However, I find sans serif easier to read on both paper and the screen.
A few years ago I decided to google about the font in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, to see how other people had reacted to it. I came across an interesting Guardian article (click here to read it), which talks about the font, and how the simplicity of a sans serif font makes it uncomfortable to read, in the same way as being inside the nuance-free mind of an autistic narrator is uncomfortable and unsettling. So the font, according the author of the article, works as a stylistic device to mirror the discomfort created by being thrust into an autistic mind.
I found this quite intriguing, as I had found the experience of reading the book remarkably comfortable – both the physical aspect of the font, and the cognitive aspect of being inside the head of an autistic character. But then, I’m on the autistic spectrum, so I guess I would.
This blog entry isn’t really about font, nor about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. It’s about my wondering quite how to approach the project of writing a blog about Asperger Syndrome.
Do I take you for a ride inside my mind, with all the odd twists and turns it takes? How uncomfortable would that be? Would it alienate readers who are not on the autistic spectrum? Or do I try to translate myself into language that is easy for people who are not on the spectrum to identify with? And how possible is that? And to what extent do autistic minds and non-autistic minds really differ anyway, compared with how much we have in common? Was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time really such an uncomfortable experience for people to read, or was it more that the author of the Guardian article was coming up with clever parallels?
I am wondering aloud – or rather in text – because I don’t have answers for these questions. I am eager to start my blog, and am aware that starting a blog involves an introduction. A nice organised introduction, explaining exactly what my blog is about and what it will cover and all that. Except I’m not organised, and I while I have in my mind clear snippets of details of this blog, the overall picture eludes me. So instead I share my questions. Life is more about questions than answers to me. Questions are more interesting, because they always create more questions.
Anyway, welcome to my Aspergers blog. Any ideas and suggestions are welcome, because I would like this blog to be useful for both people who are on the autistic spectrum and those who aren’t.