Today we're hyperaware of learning disabilities of all kinds, but in the '40s and '50s, when artist Chuck Close was in school, kids with dyslexia and other LDs were classified as slow or lazy. Close didn't figure out he himself had a learning disability until he attended a talk about them given at his eight-year-old daughter's school. In the course of the speaker's lecture, she rattled off a couple of the more exotic learning disabilities and they sounded eerily familiar to Close. He told her as much when he went up to speak to her after the talk. She asked him questions, and their discussion ended with her telling him he was the first person she'd ever met with his specific cocktail of learning disabilities who wasn't in jail -- for forgery. For Close, best known for his super-realistic paintings of people's faces, Benjamin Franklin excluded, that was a... More >>>