Sack’s ‘Hallucinations’ tires

In “Hallucinations,” Oliver Sacks once again plays the role of the encyclopedic doctor of neurological phenomena. His signature way of telling strange tales of medicine fit for television hospital dramas hasn’t changed, but his topic has shifted to a small degree. He explores hallucinations and the human brain in his
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Cat Fancies: The truthiness of art

Memory can never be entirely accurate. The further you progress into the future, the more you mentally leave behind. The identity of your past self is buried under your current identity, like how the width of my past thighs is buried under the width of my current thighs. And I
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Second chances for the second-rate

The Critic Who Counts

Here’s to second chances, I guess. Congressional approval ratings reached record lows this year, according to a September Gallup poll. Widespread ambivalence toward President Barack Obama’s first term in office dominated American political discussion from 2009 until the 2012 elections, affirmed by job approval ratings that hung around 48 to
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Crabbe, Cobbs deliver win in exhibition game

In retrospect, the best ticket on Tuesday might have been Crabbe-Cobbs. The junior guards combined for 50 points in the Cal men’s basketball team’s 89-80 exhibition win over San Francisco State at Haas Pavilion. Swingman Allen Crabbe tallied 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He was deadly from behind
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The Republican civil war

The Devil's Advocate

“If the Republican Party cannot win in this environment,” declared conservative luminary George Will in September, “it has to get out of politics and find another business.” Fox News host and Tea Party darling Laura Ingraham agreed, telling Republicans, “if you can’t beat Barack Obama with this record, then shut
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