Siri Hustvedt

Blogs
Feb 2008

The New York Times “Opinion”

“Lifting, Lights and Little People”

Not every migraine has a prologue or “aura,” and not every aura is followed by a headache. Nevertheless, these overtures to pain or isolated events are the most peculiar aspect of the illness and may offer insights into the nature of perception itself.

Blogs
Feb 2008

The New York Times “Opinion”

“Arms at Rest”

I am a migraineur. I use the noun with care, because after a lifetime of headaches, I have come to think of migraines as a part of me, not as some force or plague that infects my body. Chronic headaches are my fate, and I have adopted a position of philosophical resignation.