Belo Cipriani with his guide dog Oslo

Imagine if the most severe physical pain and sorrow in your life were inflicted by the people you trusted most. In the spring of 2007, Belo Cipriani was beaten and robbed of his sight at the hands of his childhood friends.

Blind: A Memoir chronicles the two years immediately following the assault. At the age of twenty-six, Belo found himself learning to walk, cook, and date in the dark.

Armed with visual memory and his newly developed senses, Belo shows readers what the blind see.  He narrates the recondite world of the blind, where microwaves, watches, and computers talk, and where guide dogs guard as well as lead.



Bahianas in Carnaval painting by Simone Guimaraes

An Interview with Artist Simone Guimaraes

Nearsighted welcomes San Francisco-based artist Simone Guimaraes. Belo Cipriani: At what age did you start to paint? Simone Guimaraes: I first began to show an interest in art when I was 7 years old. By the age of 8 years old, I was already taking private painting classes. Belo: Who are the painters that inspired... Read More
Photo of Belo Cipriani and his guide dog

Traveling with Disabilities and Training the Travel Industry to Adapt

Nothing arouses my senses quite like a new city. In major metropolitan centers, there are a multitude of things that scream out, “Here! Come here. We’ve got something fascinating in store for you.” A street full of manic traffic informs me it’s a major thoroughfare and I should use it to navigate this new domain.... Read More