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pat-perrin's picture
Feb.17.2013
How much are we shaped by the stories that others tell about us? I left that question hanging at the end of my last post. As it happens, the ever-popular neurologist Oliver Sacks touched on it in a recent article. In his 2001 memoir, Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood, Sacks recalled a...
jess-wells's picture
Nov.14.2012
On the oddities of non-fiction:“…Such is the modern personal essay from the House of Ira Glass.  It should be called something else, other than nonfiction. “Re-enactmention,” perhaps. Wherein a predominantly true story is made more complicated in the service of art.  There’s gratuitous...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Apr.12.2012
There’s a quote from Gandhi I love: “To a people famishing and idle, the only acceptable form in which God can dare appear is work and promise of food as wages.” Read literally, it is humane and compassionate and deeply true. But I also read it as a general principle, which leads me to this...
steven-belanger's picture
Feb.19.2012
  photo: Cover of Weekends at Bellevue, from the previous interview post (see below)   As the title suggests, this is Part Three of my interview with writer, and Dr., Julie Holland.  She is the author of Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych. ER.  This...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Jun.10.2010
The women of the Middle East are about to save me from the greatest banality known to man. I’m counting on them to care as little about the the World Cup as I do and to keep me entertained until men can once again talk about something other than volatile England player Wayne Rooney’s groin.Though I...
austin-kodra's picture
Mar.22.2009
So said Heidi Comfort, an 8-year-old with Williams Syndrome, to Dr. Oliver Sacks, an acclaimed neurologist and bestselling author. Williams Syndrome is a congenital disorder resulting in a bizarre combination of intellectual deficiencies and proficiencies. Often, people who have this syndrome have...
delia-cabe's picture
Nov.12.2008
As soon as we arrive to see Dr. Kim, the young internist arranges for a psychiatric evaluation right then and there. The psychiatrist, who makes people of slight builds look like professional bodybuilders, leads us into a small, windowless room that feels more like a large closet. This doctor, his...
camille-j-cusumano's picture
Sep.11.2008
I am reluctant to tread such volatile and controversial territory. But I can't resist this once. The other night I heard famous neurologist, Oliver Sacks, speaking about his book, Musicophilia, on NPR. He described a patient who had been struck by lightning, in the face no less. He recovered and...