Siri Hustvedt

Blogs
Nov 2009

Nomadikon, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

“Notes on Seeing”

To look and not see: an old problem. It usually means a lack of understanding, an inability to divine the meaning of something in the world around us.

Blogs
Feb 2008

The New York Times “Opinion”

“Curiouser and Curiouser”

There is a migraine aura phenomenon named after Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s (Lewis Caroll’s) story of myriad transformations: Alice in Wonderland syndrome. The afflicted person perceives herself, or parts of herself, ballooning or diminishing in size.

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.