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Featured Fellow: Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks / Cover for  On the Move

Oliver Sacks / Cover for On the Move

Oliver Sacks, a longtime fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, has written a new memoir, On The Move, to reflect on his life in the wake of his terminal illness. The memoir has been widely acclaimed as a stirring narrative of a life well lived.

NYIH fellow and former director Lawrence Weschler wrote a moving account of his thirty year friendship with Sacks and his thoughts on the memoir for Vanity Fair.

NYIH fellow Andrew Solomon wrote in his review for The New York Times: "The primary mark of a good memoir is that it makes you nostalgic for experiences you never had, and Sacks captures the electrifying discoveries he made, especially those in his early career, with vivid, hard-edge prose."

Michael Roth called the book "a glorious memoir that throws open that window and illuminates the world that we have seen through it." Read his full review in The Atlantic.

Will Self wrote in his review for The Guardian: "I began this review hoping to synopsise Sacks's entire life, but it's a hopeless task. His truly has been a life lived to the full—and beyond."