“The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever” by Jonah Lehrer in Wired Magazine: Lehrer profiles the emerging neuro-scientific concept of reverse-engineering certain traumatic memories in order to relearn them, perhaps in the process de-fanging them of their trauma. At first Lehrer’s account of the relevant studies conjures up a sinister Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-like procedure, but the article is, to my mind, relatively heartening in regard to the potential curative effects on psychiatric illnesses like PTSD and anxiety disorders. Lehrer is always an interesting writer and his blog, “The Frontal Cortex,” is worth checking out. http://www.wired.com/magazine/
“The Lively Morgue”: The New York Times has digitized its photo archive and uploaded it onto a Tumblr page. It’s awesome. http://livelymorgue.tumblr.
John Roderick on Twitter: Roderick, lead singer of the awesome-though-long dormant Long Winters, recently described his fellow passengers on a flight from Seattle to Los Angeles in real-time, an idea worthy of its own Twitter account. A brief sampling: “I’m glad old guys in golf shirts have fully embraced hands-free cell phones. I wasn’t overhearing enough dull-witted business jargon before” and “Here’s pressed-flannel-tucked-into-
Ta-Nehisi Coates at the The Atlantic.com: Coates writes on a diverse range of topics: the Civil War, the NBA, hip-hop, politics, and his writing is always eloquent. Coates’ thoughtfulness is a welcome antidote to the typical online invective and bile. His take on the legacy of Andrew Breitbart is a good example of what I’m talking about. http://www.theatlantic.com/
An interesting manifesto profiling some cool, creative people who carved out little niches for themselves by Jesse Thorn, who I actually don’t know much about but I gather is a fairly prominent public radio host. I especially liked the part about Andrew W.K. What an awesome guy. http://transom.org/?p=24153.
- Gorman Dupee