I was 16 years old when I happened to find an Amália Rodrigues CD accidentally nestled between Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn at Tower Records in San Jose. The guy at the music store didn’t know who she was and was about to take the CD from me when I realized the songs listed on the back cover were in Portuguese. Enticed by the lyrical titles, I decided to buy the music of the pale woman with ebony hair, whose eyes captivated me. Read More
The most macho of high-profile industries has been changed for the better. The world of major league sports has long been a final frontier for social movements, slowly accepting what other industries have welcomed. Thanks to Jason Collins, the testosterone-fueled sports community is starting to shed its homophobic image. Read More
Nearsighted is stoked to chat with Blake Harrison, who was recently voted San Francisco’s hottest male trainer in a poll by Racked. But Blake isn’t just another striking face in the world of fitness, he is also a brain injury survivor. During his senior year in high school, he was kicked in the head by a drunk guy who crashed his homecoming party. Left blind and in a wheelchair, he used fitness as a way to build himself back up. Blake recovered his eyesight and slowly gained mobility and his fitness abilities back. He is now a highly sought out trainer in San Francisco. Read More
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). Read More
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. Read More
Most of my recent writing has happened in the city due to travel, teaching, and other time constraints. When I told my students, they struggled to believe that I got the ideas for my essays and fiction from a metropolitan area. They assumed that I — like many writers they had met or read about — spent months at a cabin or retreat typing away in isolation. Read More
I hate my white cane and although I had given it a name to help me bond with it, Raising Cane was getting on my nerves. He refused to walk a straight line and insisted on greeting all the cracks and bumps along 14th Street. Read More
As a child, one of my most frustrating moments came when Mario froze mid-jump. Just as I was about to avoid the last fiery ball in the concrete castle to save Princess Peach, the game suspended, and no amount of punishing to the red and black buttons made the action begin again. I shrieked and pleaded with my mother and father that I couldn’t start over. I couldn’t redo the brilliance of my last attempt to defeat the level. After pouting and stomping for a few minutes, I finally pushed the reset button and led Mario to bounce past the next set of obstacles. Read More
Nearsighted is pleased to bring you an interview with film critic and writer, David-Elijah Nahmod.
Belo Cipriani: Who was the first gay person you looked up to and why?
David-Elijah Nahmod: Quentin Crisp. Born in England in 1908, Crisp coined the phrase “coming out of the closet” in 1931. His exact words were,”I wish to live in the world and not in a closet,” and he proceeded to be open about his identity as an effeminate gay man. Read More
I buckled my seatbelt and reached toward the floor to caress Madge’s velvety ears. The flight attendants began to voice the emergency exits and I could feel the plane slightly glide up and down, reminding me we were actually moving. The ticket agent instantly fell in love with Madge and bumped us up to first class; something I felt a little guilty about accepting, but got over quickly once I rested my tired limbs on the plush seat. Read More
It was never tough for me to get a job when I was sighted. Even when I got laid-off from a start-up after the Dot Com bust, I was hired as a bartender, with no experience, at the first club I walked into with my pink slip. As a college student, I worked at a payroll advance company, customer service rep for equestrian products, and even at a pet shop — jobs I had never done before, but somehow managed to convince the decision makers to hire me during a recession. Read More