Friday, November 18, 2005

my lobotomy

on wednesday during my drive home, i caught a fantastic story on npr called "my lobotomy". it was produced by sound portraits (which makes its content freely available) and was the story of howard dully, a man who was administered a transoribital lobotomy (the old icepick through the eye socket routine) at the age of 12, back in 1966. in the piece, dully, who has a creepy otherwordly kind of voice that is particularly powerful, revisits the suffering the lobotomy caused him over the past decades as well as explores a bit of the history of walter freeman, the doctor who invented the procedure (as well as performed it on dully).

it was a great piece, creepy and practically begging to be sampled in some dark breakcore or noise. i thought about blogging it but it eventually slipped my mind, as such things do. then i came across this boingboing post, which even gives us a handy mp3 link! this is what public radio is all about: a moving story, superbly told. and dully's voice is unbelievably perfect for the tone: you would almost think they'd hired an actor to play him.

1 comment:

dalton said...

I am the webmaster for the company that produced the documentary, Sound Portraits. I was lucky enough to meet Howard Dully at the premiere last Monday, and he is the nicest, most sincere person I've ever met. His story is truly shocking and inspiring.

If you'd like more information on the documentary, you can check our site at