(PDF READ) [And How Are You Dr Sacks?] ñ Lawrence Weschler
- And How Are You Dr Sacks?
- Lawrence Weschler
- 09 April 2020
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characters And How Are You Dr Sacks? review Ù And How Are You Dr Sacks? 100 Lawrence Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks in the early 1980s when he set out to profile him for The New Yorker Almost a decade earlier Dr Sacks had published his masterpiece Awakenings but the book had hardly been an immediate success and the rumpled clinician was still largely unknown Over the ensuing four years the two men worked closely together until Sacks asked Weschler to abandon the profile a reuest to which. The world is largely indifferent to opinions but everybody needs a good laugh so I offer up two funny passages from this book His housekeeper regularly writes him lists of things he should buy The other day he tells me prominent on the list was the word FAIL I figured this must be some prodigiously self deprecatory detergent and set about looking for it But no stores had it and I decided the name must have been self fulfilling Or so I reported to my housekeeper when I came home to which she countered No no you idiot not fail FOIL Kindle location 4033 Oliver is he tells me over the phone in a parasuicidal rage Indeed he goes on in the absence of alcohol I have just consumed an entire bottle of Worcestershire sauce and it is making me hiccup violently l 4201 Those nice people at Farrar Straus and Giroux and Netgalley allowed me to have a free electronic review copy of this book so I dived in at the beginning and read it through to the end trying to keep up a momentum because I think the implicit promise here is that the review should be written before the book is published Although I enjoyed the book well enough in this way I think the book might be enjoyed better if you picked it up read an entertaining chapter and then perhaps put it aside for a few weeks Alternately you could borrow it from the library read a few chapters perhaps reading out of order would even be better return it to the library and borrow it again a few weeks later The reason I suggest this eccentric method is that there is a certain amount of overlap in consecutive chapters which can be a little tiresome if you are speeding through the book in a linear fashion but would probably be completely welcome if you haven t opened it for a few weeksI thought I read once that Kurt Vonnegut jokingly suggested that his memoirs would be entitled Hell to Live With I can t find immediate confirmation of this on the internet so I suggest it as an alternate title to this book Sachs as portrayed by his longtime friend comes off as some madcap offspring of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves super brainy but tending to get into scrapes due to a combination of bad judgment stubbornness indifference to social norms and the desire to do goodA small amount of previous experience with the work of Sachs will also add to the enjoyment which is to say it s sort of a book for fans I read Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales and that was certainly enough context for this book I plead guilty to occasional skimming Sachs apparently spent a long time with writer s block during composition of the book that would ultimately be titled A Leg to Stand On ALTSO and sometimes I just wanted to yell at my ebook reader Just finish the damn book already I imagine many of his friends must have felt the same way Another skimming episode occurred when the author re printed parts of a long negative review of ALTSO from a British magazine It should say something to the reader that while Sachs is often a pleasure to read the negative review is eye wateringly dull and pompousIn lieu of a traditional you should read this book I think I will conclude this recommendation by stating that it made me vow to go back to the some of works of the man himself that I have yet to read because he comes off as somebody who would be great to be with in book form where you can easily close him up and put him down
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characters And How Are You Dr Sacks? review Ù And How Are You Dr Sacks? 100 Ng his turbulent drug fueled younger days; helping his patients and exhausting his friends; and waging intellectual war against a medical and scientific establishment that failed to address his greatest concern the spontaneous specificity of the individual human soul And all the while he is pouring out a stream of glorious ribald hilarious and often profound conversation that establishes him as one of the great talkers of the age. I would like to be able to sit down with Dr Oliver Sacks for about four hours to talk about so many things OK so it would take than four hoursFascinating back story on a neurologist who considered the human brain the most incredible thing in the universeFree download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook æ Lawrence Weschler
characters And How Are You Dr Sacks? review Ù And How Are You Dr Sacks? 100 Weschler acceded The two remained close friends however across the next thirty years and then just as Sacks was dying he urged Weschler to take up the project once again This book is the result of that entreatyWeschler sets Sacks's brilliant table talk and extravagant personality in vivid relief We see Sacks rowing and ranting and caring deeply; composing the essays that would form The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat ; recalli. Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader And How Are You Dr Sacks is an intricately crafted honest and fascinating memoir and biography of Dr Oliver Sacks by nonfiction titan Lawrence Weschler Released 13th Aug by Macmillan on their Farrar Straus Giroux imprint it s 400 pages and available in hardcover ebook and audio formatsThe point for me with biography is that the book captures the voice of the subject This book really made Oliver Sacks live for me The author had an enduring friendship and access to Dr Sacks over decades Additionally he had detailed notes and interviews with friends and acuaintances as well as papers journals and letters I was familiar with Dr Sacks through his works Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and thought at the time that he would be a fascinating person to know This book has cemented that to a certainty What a fascinating man he wasIn a lot of ways Sacks reminded me of Richard Feynman both polymaths both incredibly brilliant both uite odd in a lot of ways brutally unwittingly honest especially with people There s also a lot of wit and humor here The retelling of him being in a rage and in the absence of alcohol chugging a bottle of Worcestershire sauce which made him hiccup violently made me giggle out loudThis is a brilliant biography and is told with honesty kindness and warmth The author is a prodigiously talented writer and the prose even with difficult or sad subjects is written with generosity and fairness The story of his and his brother s experiences as children at boarding school moved me to tearsFive stars I recommend it unreservedly to lovers of biography science bio nonfiction medical bios etcDisclosure I received an ARC at no cost from the authorpublisher for review purposes