From the book jacket:
On his 18th
birthday, Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa
(RP), a congenital, progressive disease marked by
night-blindness, tunnel vision and, eventually, total blindness.
In this penetrating, nervy memoir, which ricochets between
meditation and black comedy, Knighton tells the story of his
fifteen-year descent into blindness while incidentally revealing
the world of the sighted in all its phenomenal peculiarity.
Knighton learns to drive while unseeing; has his first
significant relationshipwith a deaf woman; navigates the punk
rock scene and men's washrooms; learns to use a cane; and tries
to pass for seeing while teaching English to children in Korea.
Stumbling literally and emotionally into darkness, into love,
into couch-shopping at Ikea, into...
Beyond the Book
Ryan Knighton teaches contemporary
literature and creative writing at
Capilano College in Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada. He's the author of
two books of poetry, Swing in The
(2002) and Two Bits
(2007), and co-author of a collection of
short fiction (Cars
, 2002); he
has also published widely as a
journalist and essayist, and has
produced, written and performed radio
monologues and documentaries about
blindness for the CBC.
He was born in 1972, in British
Columbia, Canada and in 1995 completed a
BA Honours in English at Simon Fraser...