David Shenk is the national bestselling author of five previous books, including The Forgetting ("remarkable" - Los Angeles Times), Data Smog ("indispensable" - New York Times), and The Immortal Game ("superb" - Wall Street Journal). He is a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com, and has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, Gourmet, Harper's, The New Yorker, NPR, and PBS.
It's a remarkable thing to witness two great minds interacting. I was thrilled to rediscover a 2002 profile of Oliver Sacks by the writer Steve Silberman. Silberman is the chronicler that Sacks deserves.
Sacks is back in the news because of a new paperback release of his fascinating book Musicophilia and a NOVA special on said book. Some of you may have caught his appearance on The Daily Show (a disappointment to me; Jon Stewart is a tremendous interviewer, but didn't seem to know what to do with Sacks).
I don't know whether it's more fun to read Sacks's writing, which percolates, or to just close one's eyes andlisten to him speak. He radiates a curiosity, humility, and warmth that I find inspiring.