And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?

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And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?

And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?

A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks

  • Author: Lawrence Weschler
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 0374714940
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 400
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The untold story of Dr. Oliver Sacks, his own most singular patient "[An] engrossing biographical memoir. This is Sacks at full blast: on endless ward rounds, observing his post-encephalitic patients . . . exulting over horseshoe crabs and chunks of Iceland spar." —Barbara Kiser, Nature The author Lawrence Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks in the early 1980s, 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 entreaty. Weschler 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.

Robert Irwin Getty Garden

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Robert Irwin Getty Garden

Robert Irwin Getty Garden

  • Author: Lawrence Weschler
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • ISBN: 1606066579
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 144
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A beautifully illustrated, accessible volume about one of the Getty Center’s best-loved sites. Among the most beloved sites at the Getty Center, the Central Garden has aroused intense interest from the moment artist Robert Irwin was awarded the commission. First published in 2002, Robert Irwin Getty Garden is comprised of a series of discussions between noted author Lawrence Weschler and Irwin, providing a lively account of what Irwin has playfully termed “a sculpture in the form of a garden aspiring to be art.” The text revolves around four garden walks: extended conversations in which the artist explains the critical choices he made—from plant materials to steel—in the creation of a living work of art that has helped to redefine what a modern garden can and should be. This updated edition features new photography of the Central Garden in a smaller, more accessible format.

Forever Young

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Forever Young

Forever Young

Music and Aging : Hearing Before the Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session, Washington, DC, August 1, 1991

  • Author: United States,United States. Congress. Senate. Special Committee on Aging
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Government publications
  • Page: 118
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The First Born

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The First Born

The First Born

  • Author: William Arket
  • Publisher: www.thefirstbornarket.com
  • ISBN: 9781594573026
  • Category: History
  • Page: 466
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First Born tells the story of Frank Arket, an average guy who becomes an American hero as he struggles to escape from the steel mills of Pennsylvania and embarks upon a career in the U.S. Army and military intelligence. Born to a pair of star-crossed teenage lovers, Frank struggles to survive a childhood marred by the tragic deaths of both his parents. He desperately wants to escape from the grind and filth of his hometown, marry the girl of his dreams, and live happily ever after. However, a family curse declares all first born Arket children will suffer horrible fates. Frank is drafted into the Army shortly before America enters World War II. He travels to Europe with the Army's 63rd Division and later becomes involved in military intelligence. During the day, he protects presidents and powerful Army secrets. At night, he returns home to his family and "normal life," the curse ever present in his mind.

Tourette's Syndrome

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Tourette's Syndrome

Tourette's Syndrome

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Lichtenstein Creative Media
  • ISBN: 1933644087
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Six Battles Every Man Must Win

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Six Battles Every Man Must Win

Six Battles Every Man Must Win

. . . and the Ancient Secrets You'll Need to Succeed

  • Author: Bill Perkins
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9781414324241
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 160
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The story of David’s “mighty men” (primarily found in 2 Samuel 23) drives this challenging and encouraging book for Christian men. The mighty men weren’t drafted into David’s army because of their impressive resumes. They were broken men who, given an opportunity to achieve greatness, responded like champions. In Six Battles Every Man Must Win, popular author and speaker Bill Perkins uses the story to illustrate the six battles David’s men fought, and men today must win, to become powerful and effective warriors in God's kingdom.

Vision

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Vision

Vision

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Lichtenstein Creative Media
  • ISBN: 1888064234
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Hallucinations

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Hallucinations

Hallucinations

  • Author: Oliver Sacks
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1447237226
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 336
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Have you ever seen something that wasn't really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don't belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. In some conditions, hallucinations can lead to religious epiphanies or even the feeling of leaving one's own body. Humans have always sought such life-changing visions, and for thousands of years have used hallucinogenic compounds to achieve them. In Hallucinations, with his usual elegance, curiosity, and compassion, Dr Oliver Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture's folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition.