Tag Archives: hallucinations

Nabokov’s first masterpiece

Nicholas Kang Auckland, New Zealand   Gradually the lights disappeared, the phantoms grew sparser, and a wave of oppressive blackness washed over him.   Nabokov famously composed his novels on index cards. ‘I am rather particular about my instruments: lined Bristol cards and well sharpened, not too hard, pencils capped with erasers.’ The Defense, a […]

Neurologica – disorders of the dream world

Shameemah Abrahams Cape Town   A portrait of the pioneering neurologist, Jean-Martin Charcot, who was well-known for characterising multiple sclerosis and hysteria. The human mind, so capable of creating works of genius like the orchestral sounds of Beethoven’s symphonies, da Vinci’s enigmatic artwork, or the majestic pyramids of Giza, can easily lose itself and spiral […]