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Crazy gets all the good press. Meanwhile, separated-at-birth twin Sanity gets no love from the paparazzi of the popular psychological journals. The money and interest have always focused on the loonies. And why not? To quote the esteemed philosopher Harry Dean Stanton in Repo Man: “Ordinary fuckin’ people—I hate ’em.” So spending hours studying the well-adjusted behavior of regular folks—that is, the type who can get through the day without a pill, drink, fist fight, or imaginary friend—has always seemed a waste of both time and grant money. Adam Phillips wants to change all that. His book Going Sane: Maps of Happiness offers a new definition of sanity, one based on the notion that a sane life is not merely the absence of lunacy but a strategy for living wisely. Act right when Phillips delivers a lecture and book signing at 6:30 p.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. $20. (202) 357-3030. (Dave Nuttycombe)