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The Blind Traveller by sighthound on 20 August 2006 5:57am
 
I'd never heard of James Holman until this story on NPR this morning.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5675082
(Recording of interview and excerpt from new bio)

He was, apparently, rock-star famous in the mid-19th century because of his books about his travels - all undertaken after he became totally blind in an age when there certainly weren't any accommodations for disabled travellers. Some of the bits from his books that are read in the interview are intoxicatingly beautiful. (Got to do a search at alibris....)

P.S. There's a link on that page to another radio story - a fun reading by Simon and Pinkwater of Service's wonderful poem "The Cremation of Sam McGee.
 
Re: The Blind Traveller by canaveralgumby on 22 August 2006 6:37pm
 
This is fascinating and inspirational. Our consciousness is so oriented to our sense of sight. We use language such as "I see" to mean "I understand" or "Picture this" to mean "Imagine this." We refer to our desire to travel as wanting to "see the world." As tourists we walk around snapping pictures, NOT recording sounds, not capturing the air in a bottle to smell it later.

What if you couldn't SEE the world?
 
Re: The Blind Traveller by Spursfan on 22 August 2006 6:57pm
 
Well, it may sound defeatist but I know that I would not cope AT ALL, never mind not seeing the world!!

I would be in a constant state of panic, as to me the world, even locally, would be so frightening. The blind (not PC but nuts to that!), especially those out and about doing things as normally as possible, are so courageous.

This is only my 'view' (another referal to sight!) but I would be able to cope with a physical disability in the sense of fear(well I am already counted as disabled through chronic illness) and I could just about cope with deafness (though I wouldn't be able to listen to U2 or The Doors!!!) but loss of sight would just be too scary.

So it's not the fact that I would not be able to see certain things, but the fact that I was unable to see at all.

Am I making sense here, y'all????
 
Re: The Blind Traveller by sighthound on 22 August 2006 8:40pm
 
I've always felt much the same way you do about loss of sight, Anne. That was one reason learning about Holman made such an impact on me; shows that one can have a "vision" without vision.
 



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