E-Books, Accessibility, Luddites, and the Techno-Dazzled
“Blind and print-handicapped readers do not have the luxury of deciding whether they will go old-school and deny the digital age.”
Slackjaw,The BuzzingResidue,These Children Who Come at You With Knives, and Other Fairy Tales.
Down By Law,New York PressSlackjaw
Tropic of CancerTropic of Capricorn—
The Georgia Review,
M. Leona Godin is a writer, actor, and educator who is blind. She received her PhD in English Literature from NYU. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Playboy, FLAPPERHOUSE, and Quail Bell Magazine. She serves on the editorial review board of Newtown Literary and is the founding editor of Aromatica Poetica.
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The idea of exploitation seemed to me fraught with assumptions about what a blind person is supposed to do and be—assumptions that insist blind people be poets and prophets, saints or beggars, not lowbrow entertainers.
The sixth sense, second sight, third eye. We are supposed to have both extra-accurate hearing and perfect pitch, more numerous and more acute taste buds, a finer touch, a bloodhound’s sense of smell.
I felt that whipping out the white cane would irrevocably launch me into the kingdom of the blind, and, for many years, I did not want to go there.