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Calendar, Night&Day The Adaptability Shuffle

The Adaptability Shuffle

In 2010, choreographer Jenni Bregman heard Oliver Sacks interviewed on NPR. After a lifetime of studying neurological conditions -- synesthesia, autism, phantom-limb syndrome, Tourette’s, Parkinson’s, et al. -- Sacks had turned his keen and compassionate observations on himself. He had…
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Music, All Shook Down

Stanford has "Beatles on the Brain" Despite Lack of Hallucinogens

Some smarty pants professors down at Stanford are trying to understand exactly why the human brain likes the Beatles catalog so much. Specifically they want to know what is so damn attractive about that White Album. For those interested in…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Struck by Lightning, Man Becomes Obsessed with Song

Struck by Lightning, Man Becomes Obsessed with Song

Oliver Sacks has some pretty incredible stories regarding music. And by incredible, I don't mean he hung out with the Rolling Stones or played tuba with Arcade Fire. The London-born neurologist's tales are simply crazy to comprehend. He studies the…
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Culture, Books

Monkeyluv: And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals

By Robert M. Sapolsky Scribner (2005), $24 "An open mind is a prerequisite to an open heart," Sapolsky writes at the end of Monkeyluv, and if there's a through-line in this wide-ranging and wonderful essay collection, it's the author's ceaseless…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday march 13 Evil Eye Though not as famous as Citizen Kane, the vision of American corruption in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil is just as timely -- and more entertaining. The film's lengthy single-shot opening bomb sequence is just…
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