Things Are Different Here: And other stories

Things Are Different Here: And other stories

by Rod Michalko


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All of Rod Michalko’s stories take place in blindness, and things are different here. Michalko tells of how blind people move through the world encountering sighted people with tragic, daring, and humorous consequences. The characters in Michalko’s stories invite us to “come along for the ride”—a ride that will take us through the intrigue and mystery of creating a life in blindness.

The university, restaurants and bars, on the street, even in martial arts—it is in these places that you will encounter blindness. These are stories of uncanny dimensions. There is Eli, a young man who is compelled to engage the completeness of his total blindness as it slowly seeps into his entire being; Eli, ironically, goes blind…again. The title story, “Things Are Different Here,” presents the mystery that Bradley faces in the “blinding light” as he moves, blind, in city streets.

In these stories and in the rest of the collection, Michalko leads us into an unexpected image of blindness, and things are different here.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554831883
Publisher: Insomniac Press
Publication date: 07/10/2017
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Rod Michalko is a blind disability studies theorist and has recently retired from teaching at the University of Toronto. His books and essays are known internationally. Rod has now moved into the realm of short story writing and Things are Different Here is his first collection. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents


Explain Yourself 11

Studio Apartment in D Major 29

The Blended Curb 54

Chasing Sight 74

An Easy Walk 103

The Darkness 122

The Bougie Girl 141

Reliable Witness 157

What They Say 181

For Her 202

The View 225

Things Are Different Here 249

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