In 2002, Raymond Luczak handed us his call to arms for deaf artists everywhere. Ten years later, he revisits the book that challenged assumptions about being a deaf artist. Has anything changed? Yes and no.


“Written in the form of quick bursts of opinion arrived at over his many years as a poet, playwright, and filmmaker, Luczak seeks to shake deaf artists out of the cages built by the hearing world . . . There are plenty of opinions to argue with in this volume. Yet Luczak calls us to ask important questions of ourselves.” -- Emily Drabinski, Out


Luczak’s meditations on what makes art “art” and deafness “deaf” asks artists--whether they are deaf or not--everywhere to rethink observations on their work and live differently. This tenth anniversary edition incorporates new observations from over the past decade.

A new subtitled YouTube clip featuring the author talking about the book will be posted soon.
The tenth anniversary edition replaces the book below, which The Tactile Mind Press published in 2002. It went out of print in 2005.

Silence Is a Four-Letter Word: On Art & Deafness (The Tenth Anniversary Edition).
ISBN: 978-0-9798816-3-3
5x8 perfect bound paperback.
160 pages. $17.95

You can order the book directly from Handtype Press right here!
“A penetrating account of the artist and his muse.”

-- Harlan Lane, author of When the Mind Hears:
A History of the Deaf

Here are some excerpts from its mini-essays (please note that the chapter numbers in 2002 differ greatly in the tenth anniversary edition):

6. "Art has nothing to do with how much hearing the artist has."

7. "If we don't want our deaf artists to stop inspiring ..."

15. "Interesting."

24. "Most hearing people don't care about deafness."

29. "I'm always amused when I hear about ..."

And of course, the book has many new observations!

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