Friday, June 20, 2014

FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE WHO SEE



This week's arts and culture column in The Tidings is a review of a book by an author I've long followed: Rosemary Mahoney.

The piece begins:

"Rosemary Mahoney goes where others fear to tread.

Her first book, “A Likely Story: One Summer with Lillian Hellman,” chronicled her summer on Martha’s Vineyard as a live-in housekeeper for the prickly playwright. For “The Singular Pilgrim: Travels on Sacred Ground,” she braved the icy waters at Lourdes, watched corpses floating down the Ganges in Varanasi, and completed the hellish St. Patrick’s Purgatory in Ireland.

“Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff” is the tale of the season she flew to Luxor, acquired a 7-foot rowboat, and set out down the crocodile-infested river, musing on fellow Egyptologists Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert.

Mahoney’s newest book, “For the Benefit of Those Who See,” is part travel memoir, part history, part science: a personal account of going halfway across the world to learn about and teach the blind.

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.

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