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Man is en route to a restaurant with his new bride. Man's car gets T-boned by a hit and run driver. Wife dies but man survives, though he suffers extensive brain trauma. Man, after ten-plus years of grueling therapy and multiple surgeries, miraculously regains the same IQ he had prior to the accident. This reads like a storyboard treatment for a film that Simon Lewis might have produced. The story is Lewis's own, however. Prior to the wreck that left him without a third of the right hemisphere of his brain, Lewis was a respected member of the Hollywood establishment, even though his roster mainly included B-movies (C.H.U.D. 2 anyone?), and a film that was originally slated to go straight to video, but Lewis wisely championed, Look Who's Talking. Handily beating Field of Dreams and Born of the 4th of July at the box office, it made then has-been John Travolta a household name again, ensuring that his Scientology dues would be paid on time. Despite its cinematic qualities, which author Chris Colin dutifully points out in this captivating Kindle Single about Lewis's recovery, this really is an anti-Hollywood story. Life is messy; it doesn't always have an ending you can tie up with a neat little bow. And, as much as you'll marvel at the enduring (and endearing) spirit of Simon Lewis, Blindsight will have you equally awed at the almost "science fiction-like" capabilities--of the human brain. --Erin Kodicek

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  • File Size: 116 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Atavist (August 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J0Z9S4
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rett01 VINE VOICE on August 26, 2011
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Blindsight is a rarity, a most often trauma-induced medical condition in which a person without sight can "see" through the blindness without consciously registering images. A person with blindsight will navigate around a garbage can without ever visualizing the obstacle. Blindsight is seeing without seeing, the brain doing a workaround.

Simon Lewis developed blindsight after being crushed body and soul in a horrible 1994 car wreck that killed his wife of five months, left Lewis in a four-month coma and became the start of a decade-long crawl back toward daylight.

Storyboard, Panel 1 of 5: Lewis is a Hollywood kid who loves the movies and starts by shooting a high schooler, backyard version of "Macbeth." Some time later a string of progressively more main-stream B-movies follow. At the top of that heap is "C.H.U.D.2." Then the young producer latches onto a hokey script and hustles to sign 70s has-been John Travolta. The movie is about a tough talking baby who telegraphs his thoughts to the audience and bam, "Look Who's Talking" is the smash hit of 1989, beating every other hit of the year including "When Harry Met Sally" and "The Little Mermaid." At about the same time, he meets Marcy and records another triumph when she, "talkative and vivacious," agrees to marry him, "pale and bookish."

Storyboard, Panel 2: March 2, 1994. If he would have paused outside the fancy Italian restaurant they both loved to tie his shoelace before getting into their brand new Infiniti he would have driven through the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and McCadden Place a couple seconds later and missed being T-boned by that white 1978 van running the stop sign full-throttle at 75 miles per hour. In a home nearby a couple eating dinner thought a bomb had gone off.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Karol Gajda on August 26, 2011
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My reviews of stories published by The Atavist are going to get very redundant. They are brilliant at finding the perfect writer to tell the perfect story.

As for BlindSight: It captivated me from the beginning. Successful Hollywood producer gets in an accident, loses his wife, goes into a coma, then spends 15 years relearning the world? It's almost unbelievable in its reality.

If you're a fan of movies like Memento you'll enjoy this. If you're a fan of solid non-fiction story telling you will enjoy this. If you're a fan of human triumph that doesn't necessarily have a traditional happy Hollywood ending, you will enjoy this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mudaba on August 27, 2011
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Fascinating profile, but it's more than that. The author's gentle and insightful perspective on another man's tragedy is deftly shared. Line-by-line, it's very well-written (I loved this line: "He had a kind face layered with years of bad news."), but it's really the larger framework that impresses me as a reader. Too often I will leave a New Yorker profile thinking, "So what? What does it mean? What's the bigger point?" This wonderful piece really satisfied my desire for the author to take responsibility to tell us why we should care about this life and this experience.

I also loved feeling like the author anticipated my questions as a reader (Lewis can't just return to being a producer, can he?). In that, the writing is very current: each chapter is rife with little discoveries, and those transcend even the story itself. Highly recommended to people who love both fiction as well as smart-nonfiction. There's a quality of an authorial light touch--of relationship of the character to author--that resonates for lovers of fiction as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Warfield on August 29, 2011
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Simon Lewis was an up and coming Hollywood producer whose first successful movie was "Look Who's Talking." He had struggled until he started to find success. Simon Lewis was busier than ever and very excited over his career starting off. He met his wife Marcy, and married a year later in 1995.

Five months after they were married, Simon and Marcy were in their Infiniti on their way to a restaurant for dinner when a white van ran a stop sign, hitting Lewis's Infiniti at 77 mph. Marcy is killed in the passenger seat and Simon is crushed. It took 2 Jaws of Life to cut the car so that Simon could be removed. In the meantime, the driver of the white van runs off. Simon's brain is swelling, he is bleeding internally, nearly a third of the right hemisphre of his brain has been destroyed and he had an epidural, subdural and intraparenchymal hematomas in his brain.

Simon developed blindsight which is a rare condition where the person is blind but can see through blind spots without realizing that they can see. Even though they are blind, they will walk around objects in front of them.

This is a bittersweet story of a remarkable man who has been through a horrible ordeal. It is well worth reading to see how one person struggled and worked so hard to make it to recovery as much as he can. This is also a very inspirational story of love, loss, recovery and living again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By An Avid Reader on August 27, 2011
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i have been interested in the Atavist since it first came out as the new thing in long form journalism. Or, looked at another way, the new thing in short form books. I liked the first few "barticles" I read, but now comes a story that really knocked my socks off. Chris Colin's "Blindsight" tells the story of a man with brain trauma who wants to get back into his old Hollywood life. Colin writes with beauty and inquisitiveness; in fact this should be read simply because in Colin's hands the story is more than the usual Underdog Protagonist on Hero's Journey; we are truly drawn into Simon Lewis' new way of seeing the world. I haven't stopped thinking about this man whose injured brain has rendered him incapable of anger, and who "sees" not with his eyes, but with his subconscious (the "blindsight" syndrome of the title.) I knew the brain was dogged and flexible, but had no idea the lengths it could go to function again. This is a fascinating read.
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