Cockeyed Those of us in the sighted world may have walked past a blind person and asked, "How, exactly, do they do it?" Ryan Knighton, a… Cockeyed Those of us in the sighted world may have walked past a blind person and asked, "How, exactly, do they do it?" Ryan Knighton, a… Nonfiction PublicAffairs
Book Review

Cockeyed

EW's GRADE
A

Details Writer: Ryan Knighton; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: PublicAffairs

Those of us in the sighted world may have walked past a blind person and asked, ''How, exactly, do they do it?'' Ryan Knighton, a creative-writing teacher whose talent shines on every page of Cockeyed, a feisty, bittersweet memoir, both answers that question and shrugs it off as he describes his 15-year descent into darkness, the result of a rare degenerative eye disease. In the beginning, he simply ignored his troubles (''At night I drove Braille. Didn't everybody?''). But when everyday living proved too difficult, he found redemption — and a fascinating new way of ''seeing'' the world — through the love of his patient girlfriend, Tracy, and a nifty walking cane. Along the way, Knighton explores the fascinating linguistics of blindness, but it's his penchant for disdaining pity and shame that makes this such a compelling, sturdy read.

Originally posted May 26, 2006 Published in issue #879 Jun 02, 2006 Order article reprints
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