The Frontal Cortex

Archives for November, 2008

Foster Wallace and Depression

Rolling Stone recently published a truly excellent article by David Lipsky on the struggles, triumphs and suicide of David Foster Wallace. It’s a heart-breaking read, a chronicle of a genius done in by a mental illness. (It reminded me, in parts, of Woolf’s diaries: the acute self-consciousness, the Sisyphean struggle against this internal shadow, the…

Rhymes

Indulge me, for I can’t stop thinking about this poem. It’s an excerpt from The Cure at Troy, by Seamus Heaney: Human beings suffer, they torture one another, they get hurt and get hard. No poem or play or song can fully right a wrong inflicted or endured. The innocent in gaols beat on their…

Artists, Scientists and the NYAS

This sounds like a fantastic event, a genuine dialogue between artists and scientists: The taste of a ripe tomato, the hook of a catchy song, the scent of a lover’s hair. What is it, exactly, that drives us to seek these things again and again? Neuroscientists who study perception are starting to discover the inner…