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Interview: Oliver Sacks, on The Mind's Eye

Over the past 40 years, since the publication of Migraine in 1970, neurologist Oliver Sacks has written 10 books and countless articles, examining what happens when specific parts of a human brain go haywire or stop working.
Oliver Sacks floats some thoughts on biophilia, smoking pot, and anti-science lunacy
By AMY FINCH  |  October 22, 2010
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Review: Shooting Beauty

Sometimes just being a gifted artist doesn't mean you're the right person to tell the story.
Compassionate, and without pity
By TOM MEEK  |  April 17, 2009
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Unforgettable

In his New Yorker pieces over the years, Oliver Sacks has shown a talent for setting personal narratives against the increasingly mapped-out maze of human neurology.
Oliver Sacks’s musical case files
By AMY FINCH  |  November 19, 2007

Chronicle of a death foretold

What a difference a death makes.
Joy Division were rooted in grim finality. Now, through a series of new books, CDs, and films, the band has found new life.
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 24, 2007
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Music Within

Richard Pimentel has a lot put upon him: born to an interracial couple in the ’40s, he’s “the eighth miscarriage that lived."
A squad of sharply drawn outcast vets
By TOM MEEK  |  October 24, 2007

Dick for a day

I don't consider myself very girlie.
Arcades, sports bars, cigar bars, and strip clubs: for two intrepid female reporters, it’s all in the name of research  
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 17, 2007


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Readers' picks 2007: City Life

Roxanne Huff, Old Orchard Beach, Francisco's at the Blue House Café, and more
Best bartender, best beach, best tattoo artist, best people-watching, and more
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 19, 2007
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Brain-O-Matic

Stuart Gromley sits hunched over a desk in his bedroom, groping along the skin of his forehead, trying to figure out where to glue the electrodes.
Can a jolt from a nine-volt battery make you smarter? Happier? Medical researchers revive a discarded technology and set the stage for the ‘brain pod’
By PAGAN KENNEDY  |  February 07, 2007
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Home fires

There’s not a samovar in sight, and American playwright Richard Nelson has sharpened and pared down the script.
The Cherry Orchard; Brontë; Sailing Down the Amazon and Haiku
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 17, 2007
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El Aura/The Aura

The “aura” is the moment of impotent clarity before a seizure, or so says Espinosa (Ricardo Darín), the epileptic hero of Fabián Bielinsky’s devious mystery.
Just another heist film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 06, 2006
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Requiem

Hans-Christian Schmid fictionalizes the real-life story of Anneliese Michel, a young German woman who died of exhaustion and starvation after a series of attempted exorcisms in the mid ’70s. Watch the trailer for Requiem (QuickTime)
Exorcise this
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  November 21, 2006


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Casa D. slate storms the primary

While P&J do not see eye to eye with most of Bob “Cool Moose” Healey’s libertarian leanings, he is a truly thoughtful contributor to the body politic.
Chafee, Roberts, and de Ramel get the nod  
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  September 06, 2006
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Breeding injustice

How “fit” is your family? Bloody July: In just one month, six different State Supreme Courts have ruled against gay marriage. By Michael J. Amico
In the face of recent setbacks in the courts, advocates of same-sex marriage should take a look at old-fashioned efforts to prevent the disabled from marrying
By MICHAEL J. AMICO  |  August 10, 2006
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Love and war

Shakespeare might have subtitled All’s Well That Ends Well (presented by Actors’ Shakespeare Project at Cambridge Family YMCA Theater through May 14) Smart Women, Foolish Choices .
All’s Well That Ends Well ; The Man Who ; Boots on the Ground
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 25, 2006