This week in the magazine, Oliver Sacks looks back at his experiences with drugs in the early nineteen-sixties. Here Sacks talks with John Bennet and Sasha Weiss about some of his drug-induced hallucinations, how his interest in neurology connects to his experimentation with drugs, and how one drug experience led to his writing career. Also, Jeremy Eichler on the violinist Christian Tetzlaff, and Ian Frazier on the origins of The Cursing Mommy. Listen now: http://nyr.kr/PqcMmX
Anthropology invites us to expand our sense of human possibilities through the study of other forms of life. Not unlike learning another language, such inquiry requires time and patience. There are no shortcuts. We cannot, for example, simply use our imaginations to invent other cultural worlds. Even those so-called realms of pure freedom, our fantasy and our “innermost thoughts,” are produced and limited by our own local culture. Human imaginations are as culturally formed as distinctive ways of weaving, performing a ritual, raising children, grieving, or healing; they are specific to certain forms of life, whether these be Balinese, Anglo-American, Nyakyusa, or Basque.
- from Renato Rosaldo’s Culture and Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis
My orientation at Columbia is one week from today. Green light. Now begin.