Alida Brill is an author, social critic and advocate for women and girls. Her work and expertise span diverse topics. She has written and spoken about the personal and public issues surrounding women and chronic illness, and questions of medical privacy.
She is a passionate advocate for a new and intergenerational 21st century feminist dialogue.
Her earlier work on the status of freedom, civil liberties and social justice has taken on new meaning in the era of fear in our post-9-11 world.
Her latest book, Dancing at the River's Edge: A Patient and Her Doctor Negotiate a Life With Chronic Illness is a personal dual memoir, written in collaboration with her physician Dr. Michael Lockshin.
She is also the author of Nobody's Business: The Paradoxes of Privacy (1990); and co-author of the landmark book, Dimensions of Tolerance: What Americans Believe About Civil Liberties (1983). She is the editor of A Rising Public Voice: Women in Politics Worldwide (1995).
Her writing appears in popular and professional periodicals...
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"Brill works with disarming transparence. She knows her content speaks for itself; so, instead of plumage and hysterics--which we might forgive her position--we encounter instead a tenacious and understated Presence. Words are chosen artfully but without self-regard; Brill carries us along with detail, poignancy, intimacy and--above all--a sort of shocking, unpretentious honesty. All of a sudden, we are somewhere else--in the bright light of understanding and compassion--effortlessly and as if somehow by grace. And it is grace that emanates from this uplifting, sock-in-the-gut message--somehow we come to respect this disease that surges and relents, to accept it as a metaphor and a tragic reality, and to love the humbled, willful warrior that brings us, quietly, to a childlike gratitude for life itself."
Brett E. Egan, Director, Institute for Arts Management, The Kennedy Center
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