Oblivio: Buying new glasses

Something about Michael Barish’s Oblivio keeps pulling me into his stories, like this one about being forced to buy new glasses (and being amazingly near-sighted, which I am as well.)
In some ways, I feel like Barish and photographer Marc North are compatriots, even though they live on opposite coasts and probably do not know one another. Why? For me, their sensibilities match.