Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed British neurologist (and amateur chemist, hint hint) whose essays about prosopagnosia and other weird brain disorders have appeared in The New Yorker and several best-selling books, isn’t going to condone the use of hallucinogens as a way to get rid of headaches/gain insight into and empathy toward others/see pretty fractal patterns. But to paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson, it’s always worked for him, as he notes in a recent YouTube video posted to his account.
Former Getty Museum antiquities curator Marion True went on trial in Athens yesterday on charges she conspired over a decade ago to acquire for the museum an ancient gold funerary wreath.
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The Everlasting Story of Nory , by Nicholson Baker. Random House, 226 pages, $22.
Nicholson Baker is a freaky case. He’s a big-time talent, smart, stubbornly perverse, sleazily, lewd–and now, with his chaste new novel about a 9-year-old girl, deep-snooze dull. Is there an exotic syndrome that causes good writers to skid off course and Read More