Memory Palace: William James Sidis, prodigy


7 Responses to “Memory Palace: William James Sidis, prodigy”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice podcast.
    Curiously, Assange is also intrigued by Sidis and has written on him:

  2. murray says:

    Sad story.

    From now on, I’ll think of William Sidis every time I empty a week’s worth of TriMet transfer tickets out of my coat pockets into the trash.

  3. jphilby says:

    I loved the part where Sidis got 18 months in jail under the 1918 Sedition Act for participating in a May Day parade.

    Great fucking cuntry, this Yoo Ess of Eh/

  4. Anonymous says:

    I like the fact that he brought a lawsuit against the New Yorker magazine because they wrote a smug article about him, basically humiliating him, describing his living conditions (in that condescending way that only the New Yorker can do) and he won a settlement.

    I didn’t know about the work he’d published under pseudonyms. A very interesting character.

  5. nanuq says:

    Considering his own parents basically threatened him with a psychiatric hospital to force him to live up to their expectations, his later paranoia is perfectly understandable.

  6. jphilby says:

    Nate DiMeo has a fine reading voice. It reminds me of Sean Maher (Simon Tam in Firefly).

  7. Muse says:

    I love the Memory Palace. Nate DiMeo is a great storyteller.

    For those of you who haven’t listened to the podcast, I recommend Dig-Set-Spike and High Above Lake Michigan

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