Autistic Culture
The Autistic Culture Podcast
Lemony Snicket is Autistic (Episode 06)

Lemony Snicket is Autistic (Episode 06)

When trouble strikes--head to the library! What could be more Autistic than that?
M: ‘When that happens, all good, true and decent people know that it's time to volunteer.’ Angela: And that is our show…Welcome to the VFD, everybody!

In this episode of The Autistic Culture Podcast:

What do the Baudelaire children featured in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Violet, Klaus, and Sunny) have in common? They capture the essence of Autistic Culture! The Baudelaire children have delightful Autistic traits including hyperfocusing on their special interests like research and invention. This monotropic focus helps them overcome challenges.

The podcast hosts discuss the importance of libraries as safe refuges for learning and knowledge-seeking as a major theme. This desire for information acquisition and sharing is a major Autistic activity for children and adults. The safeguarding against unfortunate events is another key feature of Autistic culture.

“We are by default intense people. When we are stimulated with our libraries, we are good. We are able to dive into these worlds. But otherwise, we are constantly calculating and trying to overcome the unknown.” –Matt

Making deep connections with fictional worlds and fictional characters is an Autistic tendency resulting from a hyper-connected brain—characters can feel real. The hosts share how their hyper-empathy can cause Autistics to avoid upsetting stories.

Count Olaf uses masking to disguise himself. The hosts discuss masking: it can be protective but it also leads to Autistic burnout, shame, and other harmful outcomes for Autistics.

Communication differences lead to the "double empathy problem." Allistics tend to assume their communication and social styles are superior and want Autistic people to mask and pretend to be more like them instead of respecting a mutual difference.

“And so and then, you know, a lot of the people I work with are like, you can overcome it. And that's like, really interesting to me too. I don't want to overcome it…But I'd like you to understand it.” —Angela

Sonny as a nonspeaking character shows how speech ≠ intelligence. Speech differences don't indicate lack of awareness.

Finding community is crucial for Autistics who can feel alone in an allistic-centric world. Identifying culture provides belonging.

Lemony Snicket's Autistic characters highlights Autistic perspectives and values like monotropic focus, knowledge-seeking, and direct communication. On this virtual culture trip, the hosts emphasize the importance of embracing authentic identity.

Do you love to read and invent things? Tell us about it in the comments!

Look for another Autistic book series? Episode 11: Sherlock is Autistic
What’s another Autistic series loved by children? Episode 20: Sesame Street is Autistic
Haven’t read it yet? We love this gorgeous Lemony Snicket Box Set from Amazon
Watch the Neil Patrick Harris Lemony Snicket series on Netflix

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Autistic Culture
The Autistic Culture Podcast
Welcome to the Autistic Culture Podcast. Each episode we dive deep into Autistic contributions to society and culture by introducing you to some of the world’s most famous and successful Autistics in history!
Whether you are Autistic or just love someone who is, your hosts, Dr. Angela Lauria, the Linguistic Autistic and Licensed Psychological Practitioner, Matt Lowry, welcome you to take this time to be fully immersed in the language, values, traditions, norms, and identity of Autistica!
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