my body politic

Simi Linton’s ‘Invitation to Dance’ to Screen at Moscow Film Festival

by Phillip Witteveen October 24, 2014

In 1971, Simi Linton was in a car accident. She lost her husband, her best friend, and the use of her legs. From that day on, she was in a new category. Once a dancer, a student, and an activist—now she would have to navigate all these social places as a disabled person, too—and in an America that didn’t quite know what to think of the disabled, culturally, institutionally. Basically, she did. And with so much personal inertia that she began to align a movement advocating for social justice in her wake. Linton holds a Ph.D., has authored several books, and is the […]

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Simi Linton announces ‘Invitation to Dance’ documentary

by Shaun Manning April 10, 2013

Simi Linton, whose memoir My Body Politic is a perennial favorite at the Press, has announced an upcoming documentary on “the avant-garde of disabled artists and radical thinkers.” Invitation to Dance is directed by Linton and Christian Von Tippelskirch, produced by Metuffer Films with grants from several prominent cultural organizations. From the website: At age 23, Simi Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Suddenly a young disabled college student, she confronted discrimination she couldn’t have imagined before. Simi emerges as a resourceful activist, and in time realizes that love, sexuality, and dance can once again […]

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