The Igor & Millennium Guide Dog Fund

As many of you know, my dear guide dog Igor passed away very suddenly last September. I knew almost immediately that I had to make some good come out of this terrible loss, so I decided to raise funds for the Animal Medical Center, which did so much for him throughout his short life and so much for both of… Read more

Me By Any Other Name

I hate Michelle. Why I have taken so long to make a stand on dropping her is only understandable when you consider the inertia of appellation – how resistant people are to calling you by something other than what they have always called you. I’ve found open hostility to the very notion of changing this part of oneself, but how… Read more

Guide Dog FAQ by Igor GuideDog

Can I pet you? No, I’m working. Duh.   What is your name? You talkin to me?!   Can I pet you now? 1 Strangers’ hands on me make me uncomfortable. 2 stop staring: unless you want to fight 3 and please, this constant chattering in silly voice is totally embarrassing for all.   Oh, please can I pet you?! If, by… Read more

Abstract

Seeing and not-seeing suggest a confusion between seeing metaphorically and seeing literally.  This confusion manifests in writings about poetical/critical seeing either in the mind’s eye or in the real eye.  As epistemological questions circle around the senses in the wake of empiricism the concept of seeing literally becomes more important and the metaphorics of blindness more complicated. By examining the… Read more