Parkinson’s Monster

Parkinson’s Monster

There are times when I almost envy jolly old Mr. Parkinson. He’s obviously having such a good time in my brain; tromping around with the microbial equivalent of hob-nailed boots, guzzling down pint after pint of dopamine, and let’s not forget coming up with new and inventive ways of embarrassing me in public! I mean, I thought I’d plumbed the depths of degradation with the drooling and incontinence, but apparently he’s just getting warmed up.

The latest humiliation is called the pseudobulbar effect, which I gotta say has a certain stylishness in the name, if not the actual effect. Basically I become incredibly, inappropriately labile at the drop of a sodden hankie. I’ve been known to burst into tears over The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (although that’s probably not the best example of rampantly inappropriate emotionalism.)

I’m just mentioning this so that, if I’m out in public on a gig or a set or somewhere and you see me start bawling uncontrollably over whether someone gets to keep his wardrobe, you’ll remember that I am, all evidence to the contrary, a manly man.

One Comment

  • Karla Sofen

    June 11th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Dear Michael,

    I’m trying to suppress my own pseudobulbar effect at reading the details of your Parkinson’s. I only wish I could write something as inspiring and meaningful as Abraham Lincoln’s letter to Mrs. Bixby, but unlike you I do not have that talent. This is probably the reason there are few comments here compared to the number of writers you have mentored and encouraged to success over the years.

    I was watching the special features section of the “Mystery of the Batwoman” DVD where you are interviewed and that is the image of you I always hold in my mind. That interview is what got me looking for you online where I discovered “Blood Kiss” and your medical condition. That blog entry you made about having to move was particularly gut wrenching. My father died of ALS and his plight was just as difficult to watch unfold.

    I’m looking forward to the final result of “Blood Kiss.” You write the best, most realistic dialogue of any screenwriter out there. It’s incredible how you have made a living solely from your imagination and story writing talent. The Secrets of Isis, Star Trek TNG, Captain Power, Flash, Batman, Gargoyles, TMNT and all the books, your children – it’s all testimony to your contribution to world culture. All the stuff I’ve missed or not remembered isn’t important. Your work speaks for itself.

    Just as you were relentlessly encouraging to new writers, I want to encourage you to write your future as positively as you can and enable it. Stumbling blocks can be written as stepping stones. Imagine the most positive and plausible future and as if by magic it will happen. Clearly you are loved and still love. That’s enough.

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