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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An Interview with The Blind Cook, Christine Ha

Today on Nearsighted we welcome chef and writer Christine Ha, who was the first blind contestant on Fox’s reality cooking show MasterChef, and the winner of its third season in 2012. She is also the author of the cookbook Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food (Rodale Books, 2013). Belo Cipriani: You... Read More
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“If You Could Read My Mind”: A PTSD Column by David-Elijah Nahmod

This week on Nearsighted, we’re thrilled to present an interview with writer and film critic David-Elijah Nahmod about his new column “If You Could Read My Mind,” which debuted in the print edition of South Florida Gay News today, August 6, 2014. Belo Cipriani: How did the idea for the “If You Could Read My... Read More