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Oliver Sacks

First Nighter: Peter Brooks' Valley of Astonishment, The Sucker Emcee, The Bullpen

David Finkle | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The interest Oliver Sacks takes in the human brain fascinates Peter Brook. The Valley of Astonishment is another consequence of that fascination, and, as presented at the Young Vic, currently Brook's London outlet of choice, it, too, is fascinating.

Music's Power to Overcome and Transform

Francine Toder, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2014 | Fifty
Francine Toder, Ph.D.

Music is one of our oldest forms of communication. It resonates with life itself. Like a heartbeat, music provides a rhythm that is uniquely comforting.

Robin Williams, 1983: Even Then, You Could See Life Was A Struggle

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

It's important for me to fall in love with people while I'm interviewing them and writing about them, but there's usually a half-life. After a while, you barely remember them. Robin was different. He made me more vivid to myself, and you don't get that every day.

Coping With Undesirables

George Heymont | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Americans love a scapegoat. From Communists to slaves, from LGBT people to those suspected of witchcraft, the venom with which some Americans have shamed and persecuted innocent people is quite beyond the pale.

Katherine Brooks

'We Want To Address Difficult Conversations'

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.20.2013 | Arts

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, an organization that's been bringing its unique combination of cho...

Seeing What Isn't There: Oliver Sacks's Hallucinations

Michael Roth | Posted 03.02.2013 | Books
Michael Roth

Sacks has turned hallucinations from something bizarre and frightening into something that seems part of what it means to be a person. His book, too, is a medical and human triumph.

What Can an Angry Bull Teach You About Your Brain's Potential?

Ben Thomas | Posted 08.27.2012 | Science
Ben Thomas

What can we learn from Oliver Sacks' experience (other than, you know, to pay attention to warnings about dangerous animals, and to avoid hiking up desolate mountains alone)? Three morals come to mind.

Music Reinvigorates Elderly Man Like You Wouldn't Believe

Susan Michals | Posted 06.10.2012 | Arts
Susan Michals

And next week, a must-see documentary debuts in New York City on the power of music and it's positive impact on the elderly.

Remember Me? The Mystery Of Memory At The Rubin

Posted 01.23.2012 | Arts

In its fifth year, the dialogue series "Brainwave" will bring together members of all walks of life and neuroscientists at the Rubin Museum of Art. T...

Director finds Music's healing power

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It took the Dead to bring Jim Kohlberg's film to life. The Grateful Dead, that is - and Bob Dylan. When they agreed to allow their songs to be used a...

HuffPost Review: The Music Never Stopped

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Grateful Dead song title and the involvement of writer Oliver Sacks aside, the first 45 minutes or so of The Music Never Stopped seem to offer a w...

Film Review: The Music Never Stopped

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joseph Smigelski

The Music Never Stopped is a moving and an inspiring cinematic experience. And it just might turn you into a Grateful Dead fan -- as it did me.

Live From Sundance 2011: Day 2

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Film festival programmers rarely create festivals full of films built around a single theme. Yet quite unintentionally, I spent Friday seeing five films that dealt with the idea of abandonment, reunion and reconciliation.

Rap, Eloise, Seabiscuit And Doughnuts

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Autobiography of Mark Twain" by Mark Twain The American-Statesman Twain was insistent never to write a coherent, chronological account of his life. A...

The Writer Who Couldn't Read (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Neuroscientist Oliver Sacks always brings the most fascinating neurological problems to our attention. An NPR story, animated below, relates how crime...

The Stones Roll Over Depression

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert David Jaffee

Listening to Brahms' Alto Rhapsody helped William Styron snap out of a deep melancholy. For me, it's the Rolling Stones, whose African rhythms appeal to me at a primal level.

Dream Big Dreams -- a Song for the Ages

Rondi Charleston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rondi Charleston

While no one yet knows what impact the Obama presidency will have on the world, it is important that we put our bodies, minds and spirits to work to help make this administration a success.

Michael Phelps In Good Company

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Keith Thomson

According to a 2002 Time/CNN poll, 47% of Americans have smoked marijuana. Here's a list of famous users and advocates of the plant.

Sarah's Smiles

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

The post-debate reaction has predictably fallen along party lines. But what universally agreed upon was that Palin did not answer moderator Gwen Ifill's questions, while Biden did.

The Healing Power Of Music

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK — Noted neurologist Oliver Sacks has found common ground with the pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church: Both men believe in the...