Here’s a handmade response to Alberto Manguel’s chapter “The Book Fool” in A History of Reading. In this chapter, Manguel provides a brief history of the invention (1286?) and use of eyeglasses, and how they have contributed to the history of reading, as well as how the bespectacled reader has sometimes been ridiculed as an ivory-towerish nerdball.
When I got my glasses for the first time in 3rd grade, on the first day I wore them to school, a boy in my class walked up, took them from my face, and dropped them on the ground in front of me. Glasses produce in some a fear of the bookish or intellectual. Blinding another is one of the most extreme punishments to be handed down.