What is often so missing from accounts of autism, is an idea of pleasure. Nearly all the stories that circulate about the condition are of difficulties, of screams and rage, of despair. (...) The idea that anything associated with this could in any way contain pleasure seems too perverse, too contradictory. Yet in many ways autism centres on an idea of pleasure.
Stuart Murray in Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination (2008), p. 49