Samuel Miller

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Gender MALE
Occupation Stock Market Trader And Disability Studies Specialist
Location Canada
Introduction Samuel Miller, 60, was born with cerebral palsy. He is a graduate of McGill University's English Department and is a literary disabilities specialist. Inspired in the 1970's by the works of Christy Brown and the "disability" plays of Canadian David Freeman, he began studying on his own the portrayal of the physically and mentally handicapped in world literature. This was a period when Disability Studies programs were non-existent and when there were only a handful of scholars--mostly non-disabled--who were investigating this field. Among them was renowned American literary critic Leslie Fiedler,whom he was fortunate to meet. Samuel is the former editor and publisher of Disabled Writers' Quarterly: The International Literary Magazine Of Physically Disabled Writers. He also served as book review editor of the newsletter of the National Educational Association Of Disabled Students (NEADS), based at Carleton University, in Ottawa. He served on its Board of Directors as Quebec representative when NEADS was awarded the 1990 Commonwealth Youth Service Award.
Interests Tournament chess (500+ books) The National Post, a Toronto newspaper, published his op-ed article, 'My peeps are dying' on November 4, 2009. Samuel is a full-time stocks and options trader.
Favorite Movies The Wizard of Oz (1939), The Ten Commandments (1956), The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957), The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), The Miracle Worker (1962), 8 1/2 (1963), The Sound Of Music (1965), Blow-Up (1966), The Graduate (1967), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Planet Of The Apes (1968), The Wild Bunch (1969), Love Story (1970), Walkabout (1971), The Godfather (1972), Don't Look Now (1973), Annie Hall (1977), Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977), Superman: The Movie (1978), Coming Home (1978), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), The Elephant Man (1980), Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981), E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Mask (1985), Children Of A Lesser God (1986) Rain Man (1988), My Left Foot (1989), Awakenings (1990), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), Untamed Heart (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), Forest Gump (1994), Run Lola Run (1998)
Favorite Music Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, Marillion (with Fish), Jethro Tull, The Alan Parsons Project, Premiata Forneria Marconi (Italian lyrics), Strawbs, Patti Smith (Easter album), Steve Hackett, 10cc, Mike Oldfield, Camel, Gentle Giant, Rick Wakeman, Supertramp, Electric Light Orchestra, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Harmonium (French lyrics), Renaissance, Split Enz (Mental Notes & Second Thoughts albums), Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Tears For Fears, King Crimson, Triumvirate (Spartacus album), Vivaldi (The Four Seasons), classical violinist Janine Jansen - The Lark Ascending (video available on You Tube in two parts), Curved Air (Metamorphosis), Soft Machine, Procol Harum, The Nice, Jon & Vangelis, Rush, Todd Rundgren, Simple Minds, David Bowie, Queen, Roxy Music, Iron Butterfly, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Bacamarte (Depois do Fim), Babe Ruth (First Base album)
Favorite Books A.S. Byatt (Possession: A Romance), Thomas Mann (complete oeuvre), Hermann Hesse (complete oeuvre), Heinrich Böll, Günter Grass, Franz Kafka, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Max Frisch (I'm Not Stiller), Margaret Laurence, Ernest Hemingway, Irving Spencer Cooper, M.D. (The Victim Is Always The Same), Christy Brown, Canadian playwright David Freeman (Creeps, Battering Ram, You're Going To Be Alright Jamie Boy, Flytrap), Mikhail Bulgakov (The Master and Margarita), John Steinbeck (Of Mice And Men), William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams (The Glass Menagerie)