Oliver Sacks dies at 82


(I see his Wikipedia page already updated, not that it’s surprising.)

Well, this is unfortunate, though inevitable. I’ve never read any of this books, though I’ve seen his The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat book mentioned in quite a few books that I’ve read including the one I’m still lazily reading, which is how I primarily know of him.

May he rest in peace.

rest in peace good sir

If you guys don’t have the time to read his book about the guy with visual agnosia you can always look up the audiobook version of it. Read by Oliver Sacks himself I believe. There are several other stories in the book as well, so don’t think it’s just one long tedious story.

In life I’ve never heard of the man, but all is still abrupt in unfortunate circumstances, in the event of his passing.
The answers of the universe can’t be known to the living, for we should not mourn but celebrate the life he lived, and hope it was a life of comfort and learning.

Only he knows what is on the other side, in such case he should be respected as he is now one of the many who has transitioned to the other side of the universe. There is much to see in life, to learn and to experience along the way. Hm…I’m curious about him now.
The books…I will read them.

Heh, “sacks”.


RIP, I remember seeing a documentary about some of his work years ago where he turned a small kid from basically a zombie back to having a normal life.

Easily the worst trolling I’ve seen on SRK.

I had no clue this guy was some famous neurosurgeon played by Robin williams. I just knew him as the author of Uncle Tungsten-Chemical Childhood. Good writer.

Incidentally, I listen to a couple of NPR podcasts at work, namely one called Radiolab. They had the last interview that Sacks had ever done, and it was really good. He did a couple of other pods that I enjoyed, and when I went to check for new content this week, I found a rerelease of his final interview in honor of his passing. Really sad to hear this. He sounded incredibly alert and I can’t wait to look at some of his work.

Here’s the interview, it’s worth a listen.