Oval head and shoulders side portrait of a boy without clothes. He has a medium length hair cut long at the neck, a receding chin, and gazes calmly ahead.
Jean Itard (1774-1838), Mémoire et Rapport sur Victor de l'Aveyron. L'enfant sauvage. Le naturel versus le culturel. L'inné versus l'acquis.... Victor of Aveyron, a so called feral child. The observational rapport by Itard (1801,1806) (In French) states behavioral traits which have later been associated with autism.
Imagine if Battles and A Lull had an illegitimate child, who was then abandoned into the wilderness. Who, according to fellow writer Jimmy Roxy, adopted the vocals of the Beach Boys. Eventually, should the child emerge and successfully avoid becoming Victor of Aveyron, you’d get Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Ghost Heart. Oh. And a timpani…that they tour with.
▶ L'enfant sauvage From an OLD movie (in french) about Victor of Aveyron. This is another heart breaking case study that is often used to explain the importance of interaction with parents, toys, other children in a child's development of motor, cognitive, social and communication skills.