Serial Anna

February 16, 2008, 5:56 pm
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The New York Times has a migraine blog, which I learned about through Talk of the Nation last week. Oliver Sachs wrote a column on Feb. 13, and not only did I realize that I have totally experienced auras, just not in conjunction with migraine pain, so I didn’t think that’s what the strange visual patterns I have sometime are. Both my parents get migraines, and so do I. Anyway, among other things, Dr. Sachs says:

Migraine-like patterns, so to speak, are seen not only in Islamic art, but in classical and medieval motifs, in Zapotec architecture, in the bark paintings of Aboriginal artists in Australia, in Acoma pottery, in Swazi basketry — in virtually every culture. There seems to have been, throughout human history, a need to externalize, to make art from, these internal experiences, from the decorative motifs of prehistoric cave paintings to the psychedelic art of the 1960s. Do the arabesques in our own minds, built into our own brain organization, provide us with our first intimations of geometry, of formal beauty?

 Check out the blog here.