And How Are You, Dr Sacks
Lawrence Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks in the early 1980s, when he set out to profile him forÂ The New Yorker. Almost a decade earlier, Dr. Sacks had published his masterpieceÂ AwakeningsÂ but the book had hardly been an immediate success, and the rumpled clinician was still largely unknown
- Macmillan Publishers
- Publish Date
- August 2019
Weschler 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 formÂ 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.