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ARLES, FRANCE & VINCENT VAN GOGH This experience of Déjà-vu has happened to me only one other time – at the Cenote Sacrificial at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Mexico. Being a practical person, I still have a tendency to be more of an unbeliever in the mystery of cloudy remembrances than not. But this time so many years later, it happened again, in Arles, France. I felt I had been there before, but now, I think it had to do with how much I knew, and maybe also, how much I had forgotten, about Vincent van Gogh. I had studied art history in college, and knew something about van Gogh’s works, but mostly I was fascinated by how his mental states, which were teetering in later life, between an anxious sanity and clouded mania, affected his work. But I had ostensibly forgotten much of that, although one of my…