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And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? The Untold Story Of Dr Oliver Sacks, His Own Most Singular PatientThe Author Lawrence Weschler Began Spending Time With Oliver Sacks In The Early S, When He Set Out To Profile The Neurologist For His Own New Employer, The New Yorker Almost A Decade Earlier, Dr Sacks Had Published His Masterpiece Awakenings The Account Of His Long Dormant Patients Miraculous But Troubling Return To Life In A Bronx Hospital Ward 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, For Wracking Personal Reasons, Sacks Asked Weschler To Abandon The Profile, A Request To Which 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, Casting Himself As A Beanpole Sancho To Sacks S Capacious Quixote We See Sacks Rowing And Ranting And Caring Deeply Composing The Essays That Would Form The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Recalling 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 Here Is The Definitive Portrait Of Sacks As Our Preeminent Romantic Scientist, A Self Described Clinical Ontologist Whose Entire Practice Revolved Around The Single Fundamental Question He Effectively Asked Each Of His Patients How Are You Which Is To Say, How Do You Be A Question Which Weschler, With This Book, Turns Back On The Good Doctor Himself

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  • 400 pages
  • And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?
  • Lawrence Weschler
  • 18 July 2019
  • 9780374714949

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15 thoughts on “And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?

  1. says:

    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 weeks.I 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 good.A 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 pompous.In 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.

  2. says:

    I first starting reading Oliver Sacks in college and grew to appreciate his humane approach to medicine and science Aspects of his work, like Jane Goodall s were pointed to as problematic but both have provided great insight into the depth and breadth of what can be philosophically called the soul.Lawrence Weschler s book shines a light on Sacks in a way that continues in the spirit of Sacks accounts of his patients One can see why Sacks had the patience to delve deeper into the lives of people that other doctors were uninterested in exploring beyond the surface The exploration of Sacks is compassionate without trying to conceal his aspects of his character that were brittle or difficult It helps that Weschler became Sacks friend over the years and was able to know him beyond interviews for a profile Although the Biography Memoir is focused on Sacks it is a wonderful place to start for anyone interested in the questions of modern medicine, the difficulties of the current system and the type of commitment that a different type of medicine necessitates.Can t wait to read this again

  3. says:

    Weschler befriended Oliver Sacks back in the 1980s and planned to write a biographical piece about him, which Sacks later asked him not to publish Then several years ago as he was dying, he changed his mind and insisted Weschler write the book after all This is the book I just love Oliver Sacks You know those who would you like to eat dinner with, dead or alive questions that I hate because I never know how to answer them Well, in reading just the prologue to this book, I realized my answer is Oliver Sacks I adore his books and the picture I ve gotten of him over the years It is rare that I am very much affected by the deaths of famous people, but I found myself repeatedly crying for several days after finding out he had died All of this is just to say that I was very excited to be able to read this book, and it did not disappoint The majority of the book is focused on the time around when Weschler met Dr Sacks and originally planned to write about him, in the 80s, and it s very interesting to see him from the perspective of someone who knew him He was such an odd man and I imagine quite a difficult one at times, but if anything, I feel even sad that he is gone after having read this I loved it Five stars.

  4. says:

    I reaceived this copy of And How Are You, Dr Sacks from Farrar, Straus and Giroux through Netgalley.The quickest way I can describe this book is an interview and a friendship that spanned over 30 years.Weschler s affection for Sacks shines through but somehow manages not to come off as a kiss up.Chock with fascinating interviews this book is a must read for Sacks fans.

  5. says:

    Kind of a My Dinner With Oliver, extended over decades Sacks fans will want to read it.

  6. says:

    I have read only two of Oliver Sacks s books, but already I was very moved by how incredible this man was Reading Lawrence Weschler s book further cemented that opinion Weschler writes from the authority of having befriended Dr Sacks for 30 years and offers up funny stories It is a long read, one that tempted me to skim through particularly tedious passages, but it is worthwhile.Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus and Giroux , and Lawrence Weschler for allowing me to access an advance release copy in exchange for my honest review.

  7. says:

    This is a MARVELOUS paean biography to a truly amazing man whose larger than life life was even intriguing than I realized Weschler has written a lovely tribute to a pioneer that recognizes not only Sacks brilliance but also his humanity and manages to pay homage to and reveals the warts associated with both The writing is clear and yet still descriptive, walking the line between too much and not enough information with a delicate touch that feels respectful yet still never pulls punches There is a lot of material here, and the read takes time but it s time well spent.

  8. says:

    And How Are You, Dr Sacks By Lawrence Weschler is a BIographical memoir.Mr Weschler was originally writing a piece for the New Yorker and formed a great friendship with Dr Sacks.The best way to describe this book is by saying that it s like a 30 year long interview.I have read multiple books by Dr Sacks so I enjoyed this greatly.Very well written and interesting.Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for the opportunity to read this book.

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