November 5, 2012

Cover Story
Are you on it?

How did autism and Asperger’s become so widely diagnosed, and how did “Asperger’s-y” become cultural shorthand for everyone from a moody husband to an aloof Silicon Valley titan to both presidential candidates? A journey across the spectrum. By Benjamin Wallace

On the Cover: Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images (Obama); Krasilnikov Stanislav/Itar-Tass Photo/Corbis (Zuckerberg); Adele Starr/AP (Aates); Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images (West); Powell/Express/Getty Images (Warhol); Gary Gershoff/WireImage (Byrne); Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic (Hannah); Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images (Harmon); Universal History Archive/Getty Images (Jefferson); Photo12/UIG/Getty Images (Darwin); David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns via Getty Images (Slash); Universal History Archive/Getty Images (Einstein); Nati Harnik/ap (Buffett); Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images (Aykroyd); Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images (Rowling); Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images (Rodman); Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images (Romney). Illustration by Gluekit.

Cover Story
Are you on it?

How did autism and Asperger’s become so widely diagnosed, and how did “Asperger’s-y” become cultural shorthand for everyone from a moody husband to an aloof Silicon Valley titan to both presidential candidates? A journey across the spectrum. By Benjamin Wallace

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