Senses and Sensibility

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Oliver Sacks discusses how we see, how we think, and how important vision is in how we perceive the world around us. And Stephen Sondheim talks about his career, his lyrics, his mentors, and his collaborations.

Oliver Sacks

Neurologist Oliver Sacks tells stories of people who manage to navigate the world and communicate, despite losing what many consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the ability to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, and to see. In The Mind’s Eye he considers the fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think?

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Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim, whose career has spanned more than half a century, discusses his process of writing lyrics, his relationship with his mentor, Oscar Hammerstein II, and his collaborations with talents such as Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Ethel Merman, Richard Rodgers, Angela Lansbury, Harold Prince and others. Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes, includes an collection of some of Sondheim’s unpublished lyrics, giving readers a rare personal look into his life and his remarkable productions.

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