I gasped aloud when I saw Chuck Close on the cover of the August/September 2011 issue of Neurology Now. I've always been a fan of Mr. Close's work, but I didn't learn more about the man himself until after my diagnosis of a glioma at the age of 21. Reading your article about how Mr. Close's experiences and coping mechanisms have led to his masterpieces was a joy, but then to get a sneak peek of his newest work—a portrait of my next-favorite modern artist, Kara Walker?—what an absolute treat!
Thank you for the fine issue and for highlighting Mr. Close. He is real proof that neurologic imperfections need not be hindrances to leading a great life. It was a thrill last year to tell him in person at a farmer's market what a fan I was of his contributions to the art world, and I'd like to thank him once again for his contributions to the neurologic community.
New York, NY