Popova Reviews Oliver Sacks

I love this exploration of the life of Dr. Oliver Sacks, who has been influential in my life in so many ways, both personally and professionally. Maria Popova offers a compelling look inside his life and work in her excellent and thorough book review, “Love, Lunacy, and a Life Fully Lived.”

“The book is not so much an autobiography in the strict sense as a dialogue with time on the simultaneous scales of the personal (going from world-champion weightlifter to world-renowned neurologist), the cultural (being a gay man looking for true love in the 1960s was nothing like it is in our post-DOMA, beTindered present), and the civilizational (watching horseshoe crabs mate on the beaches of City Island exactly as they did 400 million years ago on the shores of Earth’s primordial seas). This record of time pouring through the unclenched fingers of the mind’s most magnanimous patron saint has become one of the most rewarding reading experiences of my life — one I came to with deep reverence for Dr. Sacks’s intellectual footprint and left with deep love for his soul.”

Read the whole article here.