Fire, Aphasia, and the Spirit World

Deborah Bacharach is your average doting mother. Of her baby girl, she writes, “Rose is gorgeous, courageous, and clever, and she can say “uh oh” with great aplomb…”

As a writer, Bacharach not only finds material in her darling daughter, but she finds a way to harness her sleep deprivation, the bane of every new parent: “Sleep deprivation makes me miserable, but it’s had two unforeseen advantages for my writing life: aphasia and visions.”

Read more about the inspirational power of sleep deprivation in this month’s Literary Reflections essay, “Fire, Aphasia and the Spirit World.”


  1. Violeta says:

    I loved this. When you think of sleep deprivation that way, it doesn’t seem (quite) so bad!

  2. Libby says:

    Wow, this is a fabulous piece. Thanks for the link!