Even as he faced death, Oliver Sacks wrote beautifully: “I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers.
“Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”
The neurologist and author, whose books humanized illness and disability, died of cancer last month at the age of 82. His books can be found in the Lennoxville Library in Audio (The Mind’s Eye, 2010) and in non-fiction at 616.8 (An Anthropologist On Mars). His other books can be requested through interlibrary loans.
— September 10, 2015