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.



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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
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On Writing a Novel: An Interview with Author Johnathan Wilber

Nearsighted welcomes fiction writer Johnathan Wilber, a graduate of the MFA fiction program at Columbia and the author of Out, Beelzebub!. Johnathan is currently working on his second novel. Belo Cipriani: You have a writing degree from Columbia University. Do you think a writing degree is necessary in order to get published? Johnathan Wilber: No. If... Read More