Blind Romance

The Romance Scammer On My Sofa

Carlos Barragán | Atavist | 24th June 2023

Writer travels to Nigeria find the person who almost scammed his lonely mother. This particular con artist remains elusive, but the hunt introduces him to the fascinating world of the "yahoo boys". Cruel fraudsters, or young men with few other options hustling to survive? One of his interviewees, Biggy, claims to have earned $30,000 in his decade of peddling fake love online (8,920 words)

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Borges' Anxiety About Going Blind

Andrew Leland | LitHub | 18th July 2023

How to lose your vision without losing literature, according to Jorge Luis Borges. Borges went blind at the age of 55 and never learned Braille, instead relying on companions (mostly his mother) to read aloud or take dictation. He used the change as the motivation to learn a new language, too, mastering Old English by ear. He found "an almost tactile relief in the unfamiliar words" (1,529 words)

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