THE NEW YORK TIMES
We are wreaking havoc on the planet. Scientists predict that half of all living species will be obliterated by the end of the century, and in this age of man-made destruction it seems obvious we should try to salvage some of what's left.
The tissue of a living brain is soft, like custard. Put a finger to it and it gives. Blast a bullet through it and it splatters. Removed fresh from the skull, a human brain will quickly succumb to the pull of its own weight, slumping out of shape like warm Jell-O.
AH: Turn off your TVs and go to a VA hospital. Just sit there. Don’t ask anyone any questions, just go sit in the cafeteria and watch, and make a judgment about the war and about veterans. Just sit there watching.
In the poetry world, where convincing a publisher to put out your book is like convincing a stranger to toss all their clothes out of an airplane, chapbooks are the currency of the young and the previously unpublished. But they are also the currency of established poets enamored with the brevity of a form which, like the novella, allows for a more compact mode of expression.
Taken together, these two books represent a departure from history as most of us learn it, both in form and content:Celebrate People’s History is a radical retelling of history by contemporary artists; Signs of Change is a visual record of historical events themselves.
These few sentences set off some unexpected alarm bells, so we decided to take a closer look at some of the science upon which Imagine is built, specifically neuroscience...
(with Tim Requarth)
For most of the past century the scientific consensus held that the adult human brain did not produce any new neurons... Recent work now suggests that one role may be to help the brain recover from traumatic brain injury.
Young granule cells help form new memories, but as they get older they switch roles to helping recall the past. Newer granule cells pick up the slack, taking on the role of helping to form new memories.
(with Tim Requarth)
In a small but elegant museum on Manhattan’s west side, one finds watchful Buddhas, many-limbed goddesses, and tapestries depicting religious visions. The Rubin Museum is a place where people come to learn about Himalayan art, but for three months of the year it is also a place where people come to learn about the science of the human brain.
I recognize a scallop-backed chair, an African mask, and a rusted chandelier with only a few mismatched crystal teardrops clinging to its emaciated arms... Adams has discovered most of these objects in Harlem, his home for nearly twenty years. Some are valuable antiques, others are not. Many of them, like the chandelier overhead, have been rescued from a future as refuse.
BOOKS: CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR
"It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends," Joan Didion says at the start of "Goodbye to All That." But the opposite is often true: it is easy to see the ends of things, and harder to see the beginnings.
(Chronicle Books, 2012)
"Illusions"; "Neurons"; "Plasticity" with Tim Requarth
As recently as the late 1990s, researchers proved that new neurons appear in the adult human brain, challenging long-held assumptions about learning, memory, ageing, and the whole architecture of the self.
(Chronicle Books, 2010)
She handed me copies of a few reviews that worked well - Gary Lutz on The Pornographer's Poem, a poetry review by Stephen Burt, a few others - and basically said, "See what's going on here? This works. We want more of this."
The recent shift in conservative rhetoric exploits legitimate scientific uncertainty that most scientists agree is irrelevant to crafting responsible climate policy.
LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS
The Voynich Manuscript looks unremarkable: a yellowing bundle of cheap vellum pages bound between two wooden boards... No one knows its author or origins, and no one can read it. The faded brown script is written in an unknown alphabet that has baffled historians, cryptographers and bibliophiles for nearly six centuries.
THE NEW YORKER
If the olm eventually disappears, Slovenians will have to wrestle with a new national identity. They will no longer be the country of dragons but the country where the dragons died.
Cosmonaut of my own anatomy, I go deeper and become aware of stomach and gut, the spaces carved out for food and waste and fetus, all of it pulsing as the bone case yawns open, then draws shut, with every breath.
THE NEW REPUBLIC
(with Tim Requarth)
In the mid-'80s, the political philosopher James Flynn noticed a remarkable but puzzling trend: for the past century, IQ scores in every industrialized nation have been steadily rising.
(winner, 2016 AOA Award for Excellence in Health Journalism)
As American health care barrels toward an unprecedented physician shortage, DOs are stepping up to fill the widening gap. Currently, 1 in 4 doctors in the US is a DO.
She is fascinated by the minute—faberge eggs, a single flower, a stray thought—and often focuses her attention on the sights from which we normally avert our eyes—death and decay, rotting bodies and the limits of the flesh—but that can allow for surprising beauty.
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
For families like Sternburg's lobotomy offered a last resort that tugged on the tangled heartstrings of compassion and self-preservation, love and fear.
We begin to see OCD in relation to what is considered normal human behavior, such as daydreaming and the rituals invented by children, suggesting that OCD may be the exaggerated expression of certain traits more or less apparent in all of us.
In her remarkable new essay collection, The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison looks long and hard at what it means to feel empathy. 'Empathy isn't just listening to, it's asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination.'
Lauren swallows scissors, light bulbs, batteries, bedsprings, knives. Eddie pinches pennies for plastic surgeries he can't afford and rubs his face raw with sandpaper trying to fix disfiguring acne scars that no one else sees...
Their stories all revolve around visual perception and language, and the relationship between those two — subjective experience and how one describes that experience — provides the real enigma at the heart of this book.
An act of translation from brain to mind is the holy grail of much scientific research, particularly in the nascent fields of neuropsychology and neuropsychoanalysis that Malabou so admires.