Migraine Register in the New York Times

My project Migraine Register in The New York Times is featured in an excellent article: “Women’s Emotions Do Not Cause Their Migraines” by JoAnna Klein.

Also on the NY Times Instagram

For Lorie Novak and millions of others, a migraine is #notjustaheadache. Lorie, who has suffered from migraines since she was 8, decided to tackle the representation of her debilitating headaches after she read Joan Didion’s 1968 essay “In Bed,” about the writer’s struggle with migraines. Starting in 2009, Lorie photographed herself every time she got a migraine. In the past, doctors said that migraines — a real, debilitating medical condition related to temporary abnormal brain activity — were a woman’s problem caused by emotional disturbances. They do occur 3 to 4 times more often in women than men. But guess what? Emotions do not cause migraines. One major cause: a shift in hormones. Follow @migraineregister to see more #selfportraits by Lorie Novak.

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Sans Soleil

Migraine January 10, 2016
Today I have another migraine, it is sunny outside, I am inside, and watching San Soleil/Sunless by Chris Marker. Be inspired and take my mind off the pain.

More for my never-ending Chris Marker research:

Personal Effects: The Guarded Intimacy of Sans Soleil – From the Current – The Criterion Collection by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Letter to Theresa by Chris Marker – Behind the Veils of Sans Soleil

Sans Soleil / Sunless TEXT

more Chris Marker LINKS

Found Spine Poem #1

photo by Lorie Novak

if costs continue to rise

forensic scientists will be

parried with insurgents there and

starkly different than the one at 

His Agency

best for the long haul


Yesterday I was sorting through the category “Life in Conflict Zones,” and thought I had duplicates in the pile. On closer look, I realized that there were in fact different images, and I was noticing a new trope: bombed-out buildings with small figures making their way in the foreground. The front pages are 4 months apart and the photographs are taken in Syria. Devastating that it is a new normal – I fear that it does not make us look more closely. Syria devastation NY Times - 1

Instagram @nolorie @migraineregister

I have been resisting instagram for years, but I have taken the plunge. I seem to have a desire around my birthday each year to start a new online project so this year it is instagram. First nolorie to post about my Above the Fold project and other studio happenings.

@nolorie Instagram

I quickly realized that Instagram is the perfect platform for my Migraine Register project and began @migraineregister. Not because I want to post daily photos, but that I can select images from the project and include short texts. Hopefully it will get the project out there  in ways twitter has not been able to. I see it as also generating ideas for the book I want to do. I’ve been posting images that are part of 100migraines.net as well as newer ones since that project launched 2 years ago on my birthday.

@migraineregister InstagramThe down side: I have been a little addicted to both feeds, and the one thing I don’t need in my life is more screen time.

Migraines #irl

Today is my 10th day with this migraine. I am now on steroids – after trying every form of triptan migraine medicine I have to get rid of it as well getting an injection of toradol from my doctor, it is still here. Today it is the worst it’s been.  When I have prolonged periods with migraine like this, I want to work on my Migraine Register project. I even started an instagram account for the project last week. As a result, I have been researching online alot, which brings me back to this piece I made in 2014. Looking at the images of women most commonly used: they have long straight hair, are white, have perfect photoshopped skin, need to touch their temples and foreheads, and don’t look at the camera. I offer an alternative.
Migraines in real life vs top Googlei mages

Original text from December 13, 2014:
Over a week with daily migraines. On steroids so can’t sleep. Trapped in my body. Not a pretty picture like the photoshopped straight-haired women with white flawless skin acting out migraines online. Pain is not beautiful.

Dancing with the Zapatistas

Dancing with the Zapatistas

Dancing with the Zapatistas is a collection of scholarly and artistic responses to the continuing work and lives of the Zapatistas twenty years after their emergence from the Lacondon Jungle.  The digital book illustrates the many ways the Zapatistas have inspired other movements and artistic responses. Written by scholars, artists, journalists, activists and graduate students, each response is informed and enriched by the others yet also comprehensible in its own right.

Besides co-editing the book, I also contributed a photo-essay of the murals of Oventik.