Guest Picks: Oliver Sacks

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Neurologist Oliver Sacks was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about hallucinations, how they're caused, and why we experience them so vividly. He also told us he's a fan of ferns. Find out what else Dr. Sacks is a fan of!

What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play, film, etc…) that moved or surprised you?

        A Rum Affair by Karl Sabbagh. (The story of a huge botanical fraud.)


What are you listening to right now?

        Bach: Overtures (WQXR had this 2-disc Bach on one of their weekly “specials”).


What’s the last great book you read?

        A biography of W. R. Gowers, a great Victorian neurologist. Called Exploring the Victorian Brain, it’s by Ann Scott, Mervyn Eadie, and Andrew Lees, and published by Oxford University Press in England.


What’s one thing you’re a fan of that people might not expect?



What’s your favorite comfort food?

        Schmulse herrings.