Oliver Sacks

I have a profound respect for the man I consider one of the fathers of the popular science genre. I’ve read two of his books, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and, his latest, Musicophilia.

On The Man:

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Dr. Sacks’s most absorbing book… His tales are so compelling that many of them serve as eerie metaphors not only for the condition of modern medicine but of modern man (New York Magazine).

On Musicophilia:

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His work is luminous, original, and indispensable… Musicophilia is a Chopin mazuraka recital of a book, fast, inventive, and weirdly beautiful… Yet what is most awe-inspiring is his observational empathy (The American Scholar).

[Sacks] weaves neuroscience through a fascinating personal story, allowing us to th ink about brain functions and music in a bracing new light… Human context is what makes good journalism, medical and otherwise. That’s the art of Sacks’s best essays (Kevin Berge, Salon).

Both are enormously entertaining reads for anyone interested in good literature. Even more so for those remotely interested in the mind. Consider adding them to your reading list.

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1 Response to “Oliver Sacks”


  1. 1 alice March 2, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    hi jeff =)
    cool blog. i will definitely check out the book
    sometime. looks interesting!!! haha..wife for hat..
    >.< sad though. :P how’s life?


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