Oliver Sacks, M. is a physician, a best-selling author, and professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center. In he was named the first Columbia University Artist, in recognition of his contributions to the arts.
If we wish to know about a man, we ask 'what is his story--his real, inmost story?'--for each of us is a biography, a story. Each of us is a singular narrative, which is constructed, continually, unconsciously, by, through, and in us--through our perceptions, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions; and, not least, our discourse, our spoken narrations. Biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives--we are each of us unique. - Oliver Sacks
Olive Sacks, the London-born writer whose book Awakenings inspired the Oscar-nominated film, has vowed to live ‘in the richest, deepest, most productive’ way he can after learning that he had terminal cancer.