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Guest Picks: Oliver Sacks

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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?

        Ferns.

 

What’s your favorite comfort food?

        Schmulse herrings.

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