Category Archives: GLBT non-fiction

“Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront” by Jonathan Weinberg— Social Life, Cruising and Public Sex

Weinberg, Jonathan. “Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront”, Penn State University Press, 2019.

Social Life, Cruising and Public Sex

Amos Lassen

“Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront”, queer art historian Jonathan Weinberg makes the case for how powerfully gay male social life, cruising, and public sex were of a piece in the early days of LGBT liberation. As oppression was brutally enforced, the invisibility of the new LGBT movement looked to colonize public spaces for queer desires. They united political with the erotic, queer public spaces such as the piers which have become quasi-mythic embodiments of gay life before AIDS changed everything Weinberg here takes away the myth by presenting a careful social history of the most influential, if unseen, aspect of gay liberation at the time when the complete meaning of that term was only beginning to be understood and realized.  

In New York of the 1970s, the abandoned piers of the Hudson River became a place for works of art and a popular place for nude sunbathing and anonymous sex. Jonathan Weinberg uses art history and memoir along with interviews, documentary photographs, literary texts, artworks, and film stills to show how these avant-garde practices competed and mingled with queer identities along the Manhattan waterfront.

Artists included Vito Acconci, Alvin Baltrop, Shelley Seccombe, and David Wojnarowicz who created their work  in and about the fire-ravaged structures that only twenty years earlier had been  at the center of the world’s busiest shipping port. At the same time, the fight for the rights of gay, lesbian, and transgendered people,  were spurred on by the 1969 Stonewall riots and were dramatically transforming the cultural and social landscape of the city. Gay men felt free enough to sunbathe on the piers naked, cruise, and have sex in public. Artists collaborated to transform the buildings of Pier 34 into makeshift art studios and exhibition spaces as gay men were converting Pier 46 into “arena for sexual theater.”

This book contains one hundred exemplary works from the era and come from a rich variety of source material, interviews, and Weinberg’s personal experience. “Pier Groups”  looks at the relationship of avant-garde art to resistant subcultures and radical sexuality.

As we read we are immersed in the Hudson waterfront of lower Manhattan, that becomes central to the art scenes of the 1970s and 1980s. We have vivid illustrations and new photographic discoveries, Jonathan Weinberg’s fluent and searching work capture a community in which he plays a part as chronicler, interpreter, and participant.

 Weinberg explores sexual cultures and artistic practices that took place on the piers and then look at how the art and cruising scenes are intercalated. He rejects the logic of cause and effect, and his nonlinear approach to narrative gives us new perspectives on artists.

Weinberg brings back a fabled time and place when LGBTQ+ people found their own Riviera along Manhattan’s ramshackle docks. Weinberg shows his awareness of fluid gendered sensibilities, readers and his prose is so vivid that we almost feel the sexual heat of sunbathing in “Manhattan’s Sodom by the Sea along the Hudson River.”

Queer As Camp: Essays on Summer, Style and Sexuality” edited by Kenneth B. Kidd and Derritt Mason— Looking at Camp

Kidd, Kenneth B. and Mason, Derritt, (editors). “Queer As Camp: Essays on Summer, Style and Sexuality”, Fordham University Press, 2019.

Looking at Camp

Amos Lassen

It is so good that camp is in vogue again. I remember it from times past but it somehow seemed to disappear for a while and went another name or title. Camp just cannot disappear forever—we need it.

Commonly, “to camp” means to occupy a place and/or time provisionally or under special circumstances. “To camp” can also mean to queer and for many children and young adults, summer camp is a formative experience mixed with homosocial structure and homoerotic longing. In “Queer as Camp”, editors Kenneth B. Kidd and Derritt Mason give us a collection of essays and critical memoirs exploring the intersections of “queer” and “camp,” focusing especially on camp as an alternative and potentially nonnormative place and/or time. We explore “questions of identity, desire, and social formation as we look at the diverse and queer-enabling dimensions of particular camp/sites, from traditional iterations of camp to camp-like ventures, literary and filmic texts about camp across a range of genres (fantasy, horror, realistic fiction, graphic novels), as well as the notorious appropriation of Indigenous life and the consequences of ‘playing Indian’.”

The essays here examine, variously, camp as a queer place and/or the experiences of queers at camp, including Vermont’s Indian Brook, a single-sex girls’ camp that has struggled with the inclusion of nonbinary and transgender campers and staff; the role of Jewish summer camp as a complicated site of sexuality, social bonding, and citizen-making as well as a potentially if not routinely queer-affirming place. They also attend to cinematic and literary representations of camp, such as the Eisner award-winning comic series “Lumberjanes”, a  revitalization  and revision of  the century-old Girl Scout story; Disney’s “Paul Bunyan”a short film that plays up male homosociality and cross-species bonding while inviting queer identification in the process; “Sleepaway Camp”, a horror film that exposes and deconstructs anxieties about the gendered body; and Wes Anderson’s critically acclaimed “Moonrise Kingdom” and its evoking dreams of escape, transformation, and other ways of being in the world.

The essays are interdisciplinary in scope and reflect on camp and Camp with candor, insight, and often humor. Those included in the volume are Kyle Eveleth, D. Gilson, Charlie Hailey, Ana M. Jimenez-Moreno, Kathryn R. Kent, Mark Lipton, Kerry Mallan, Chris McGee, Roderick McGillis, Tammy Mielke, Alexis Mitchell, Flavia Musinsky, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Annebella Pollen, Andrew J. Trevarrow, Paul Venzo and Joshua Whitehead. The essays are often very funny and damning at the same time. What I found here that I have never seen in. volume about camp before are the memories of summer camp that reframe nostalgia, and activates Camp sensibilities. Kidd, Mason, and their contributors bring together queer pedagogy, critical theory, and creative nonfiction to give us this fascinating study. Below is the Table of Contents:

Preface
Charlie Hailey | vii

Camping Out: An Introduction
Kenneth B. Kidd and Derritt Mason | 1

Notes Home from Camp, by Susan Sontag
Daniel Mallory Ortberg | 25

Part I Camp Sites

“The most curious” of all “queer societies”?
Sexuality and Gender in British Woodcraft Camps, 1916–2016
Annebella Pollen | 31

Queer Pedagogy at Indian Brook Camp
Flavia Musinsky | 51

“No Trespassing”: Girl Scout Camp and the Limits of the Counterpublic Sphere
Kathryn R. Kent | 65

Nation-Bonding: Sexuality and the State in the Jewish Summer Camp
Alexis Mitchell | 83

Notes on Church Camp
D. Gilson | 99

Queer at Camp: A Selected Assemblage of Resistance and Hope
Mark Lipton | 114

The Camping Ground “Down Under”: Queer Interpretations of the Australian Summer Holiday
Paul Venzo | 132

Part II Camp Stories

Camping with Walt Disney’s Paul Bunyan: An Essay Short
Tammy L. Mielke and Andrew Trevarrow | 149

Illegal Citizen: The Japanese-American Internment Camp
in Soon-Teck Oh’s Tondemonai—Never Happen!
Ana M. Jimenez-Moreno | 157

Why Angela Won’t Go Swimming: Sleepaway Camp,
Slasher Films, and Summer Camp Horrors
Chris Mcgee | 174

Striking Camp: Empowerment and Re-Presentation in Lumberjanes
Kyle Eveleth | 188

Escape to Moonrise Kingdom: Let’s Go Camping!
Kerry Mallan and Roderick Mcgillis | 211

“Finding We’Wha”: Indigenous Idylls in Queer Young Adult Literature
Joshua Whitehead | 223

Acknowledgments | 241

Works Cited | 243

List of Contributors | 263

Index | 267

“The Book of Pride” by Mason Funk— The Heroes of the Gay Rights Movement

Funk, Mason. “The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World, “, Harper One, 2019.

The Gay Rights Movement

Amos Lassen

In “The Book of Pride”, writer Mason Funk captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present by the use of detailed, interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who were part of the movement. There are the people that made it happen. They fought battles both personal and political, many times without the support of family or friends and under the threat of violence and persecution. By highlighting these stories of bravery and determination, we see a human face on the Pride movement. Likewise we honor that chapter in our history thus giving us the chance to see the power that is in each of us. In effect, we are called upon to look within ourselves and to discover our own courage in order to create positive change. (This is especially important for today’s LGBTQ youth). It is also important in that we see how important in ensuring that the history of the LGBTQ movement can never be erased. Hopefully that by reading about those who have done so much will inspire others to resist all forms of oppression with pride.

Mason Funk has chosen to concentrate on 75 leaders and activists on the front lines of the LGBTQ movement from the 1960’s to the present. We have wonderful photographs and interviews that have been compiled by  OUTWORDS, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the stories of LGBTQ people. 

Of the 75 individuals featured here, we have marriage pioneer Evan Wolfson, trans icon Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Stonewall-era rabble-rouser Mark Segal and legendary anti-DADT activist Grethe Cammermeyer among others. These LGBTQ icons frequently fought battles often while under the threat of violence and persecution.  Just by mentioning their names, we honor them but this book goes a step further and lets us actually hear from them. What they have to say is our history.

This is just one of the many books coming out now and are related to this year’s Pride celebrations that honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolts. While Stonewall is important on its own, it is not the sole incident that led to liberation. I feel it is important to know as much as we can and here is a book that will help you do so.

“Pride: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times” by The New York Times— How It Was

The New York Times. “Pride: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times”, Abrams Image, 2019.

How It Was

Amos Lassen

Because it is the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, I figured that there would be many new books being published and that’s a good thing. It all means that now we are truly accepted in the world of publishing since every major publishing house has at least one LGBTQ book  coming out.

Looking back, we remember that it all began on June 28, when the police raided the Stonewall Inn—a bar in the Greenwich Village neighborhood, known as a safe haven for gay men. It did not take long before violent demonstrations and protests broke out in response. The Stonewall Riots, as they would come to be known, were the first spark in the wildfire that would become the LGBTQ rights revolution. Fifty years later, the LGBTQ community and its supporters come together every June to commemorate this historic event.

Here, collected for the first time by “The New York Times”, is a powerful visual history of five decades of parades and protests of the LGBTQ rights movement. The photos are paired with descriptions of major events from each decade as well as selected reporting from “The Times” showcase the victories, setbacks, and ongoing struggles for the LGBTQ community. That last line is so important— “the ongoing struggles”. Remember that none of us are truly free until all of us are truly free.

“Vulnerable Constitutions: Queerness, Disability, and the Remaking of American Manhood” by Cynthia Barounis— “An Alternative Queer-Crip Genealogy of American Masculinity in the Twentieth Century”

Barounis, Cynthia. “Vulnerable Constitutions: Queerness, Disability, and the Remaking of American Manhood”, Temple University Press, 2019.

“An Alternative Queer-Crip Genealogy of American Masculinity in the Twentieth Century”

Amos Lassen

Cynthia Barounis studies “the way American writers have fashioned alternative and even resistant epistemologies of queerness, disability, and masculinity” in order to understand the way perverse sexuality, physical damage, and bodily contamination have brought about masculine characters in twentieth- and early twenty-first-century literature.  Most of us do not think about the LGBT community and disability yet like all communities we have members who suffer some kind of disability. I actually never gave it much thought until I became friendly with several people who are disabled in some way.

Barounis introduces the concept of “anti-prophylactic citizenship” which is a form of political belonging that is characterized by vulnerability, receptivity, and risk and she uses this to examine counternarratives of American masculinity. She looks at the work of writers such as Jack London, William Faulkner, James Baldwin, and Eli Clare and presents an evolving narrative of medicalized sexuality and anti-prophylactic masculinity. The readings she chooses bring together queer theory, disability studies, and the history of medicine “to demonstrate how evolving scientific conversations around deviant genders and sexualities gave rise to a new model of national belonging—ultimately rewriting the story of American masculinity as a story of queer-crip rebellion.” This is quite an eye-opening study. Below is the Table of Contents:

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 

Introduction: Bodies That Leak; American Masculinity and Antiprophylactic Citizenship
1. “An Inherent Weakness of the Constitution”: Jack London’s Revolting Men 
2. “Love or Eugenics?”: Faulkner and Fitzgerald’s Crip Children 
3. “Not the Usual Pattern”: James Baldwin and the DSM 
4. Post-AIDS Permeability: Samuel Delany and Antiprophylaxis 
5. Prescribing Pleasure: Asexuality, Debility, and Trans Memoir 
Epilogue: Against Queer Resilience 

Notes
Bibliography
Index

 

“Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall” by James Polchin— True Crime/Social History

Polchin, James. “Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall”,   Counterpoint, June 4, 2019.

True Crime/Social History

Amos Lassen

In “Indecent Advances”, author James Polchin  skillfully beings together true crime and social history in order to examine the relationship between the media and popular culture in the way they portrayed crimes against gay men in the before Stonewall.  We know that crime of murder  reflect cultural notions and prejudices. James Polchin here recovers and recounts queer stories from the crime pages which were often lurid and euphemistic yet they reveal the hidden history of violence against gay men. 

What was publicly related on crime pages of news media gives  insight into the figure of the queer man as both criminal and victim. There in turn offer readers tales of vice and violence that aligned gender and sexual deviance with tragic, gruesome endings. Victims were often reported as having made “indecent advances,” forcing the accused’s hands in self-defense and reducing murder charges to manslaughter. 

The book was published for the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising on June 28, 1969 and it investigates investigates how queer men were able to live in a society that criminalized them and showed little, if any, compassion for the violence they endured. Polchin shows how this discrimination was ultimately transformed by activists to help shape the new gay rights movement in the years leading up to Stonewall. We get useful insight into some of the lesser-known cultural currents that also played a part in the  rise to the gay rights movement. The book is a well-researched account and a valuable contribution to both social and gay history.
We are urged to explore ithe hidden histories of marginalized populations and how the violence they suffer just might be the result of a system that excludes some people from its protections, sending them to places where they are more vulnerable.  

“Indecent Advances” reads like a noir queer history of the twentieth century. In this shocking, unfolding narrative is a, deeply researched examination of how this violence has been institutionalized, accepted, and excused. Polchin has discovered a forgotten chapter of queer history that was hiding in plain sight in newspaper articles documenting decades of antigay violence, usually in coded terms.  The stories we read here show us a community under siege during an era of brutal violence against queer men as society and the law often looked the other way.

“Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride” edited by John Medeiros, et al. — The Community Speaks

Medeiros, John, Andrea Jenkins and Lisa Marie Brimmer (editors). “Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride”, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019.

The Community Speaks

Amos Lassen

Beginning in 1993, the Queer Voices reading series has featured both emerging and established Minnesota-based writers of the LGBTQIA+ community. Now after more than twenty years, the series has become a national model and one of Minnesota’s most important literary institutions. It is said  to be the longest-running curated queer reading series in the country. 

“In this volume, series curators John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins and facilitator Lisa Marie Brimmer present the finest poetry, fiction, and nonfiction pieces by the presenters. Their work, generated and performed in a powerful space of understanding, explores the material of life without internal or external censorship. Living, loving, working, learning, playing, reflecting, knowing, inventing, and being—these magnificent queer voices affirm the importance of civil literacy and the power of vulnerability.”

Contributors include Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, Cole Bauer, Ryan Berg, Stephani Maari Booker, Lisa Marie Brimmer, Kimberly J. Brown, Nate Cannon, Anthony Ceballos, Stephanie Chrismon, James Cihlar, Venus de Mars, Jay Owen Eisenberg, Kelly Frankenberg, Ben French, Julie Gard, Christina Glendenning, Rachel Gold, Molly Beth Griffin, CM Harris, Andrea Jenkins, Kristin Johnson, Bronson Lemer, Raymond Luczak, Catherine Lundoff, Josina Manu Maltzman, John Medeiros, Nasreen Mohamed, Michael Kiesow Moore, Ahmad Qais Munhazim, Gary Eldon Peter, Junauda Petrus, Trina Porte, William Reichard, katie robinson, Dua Saleh, Lucas Scheelk, Erin Sharkey, Christine Stark, Vanessa Taylor, Bradford Tice, Ann Tweedy, Morgan Grayce Willow, S. Yarberry, Ariel Zitny

Queer Voices radiates with the diverse truths, struggles, and ecstatic genius of Minnesota’s LGBTQIA+ community. The warmth cast from its pages will melt any preconception you might have had, leaving you with new and beautiful wisdom in its wake.” Stewart Van Cleveauthor of Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota

“This is a living document. A live place where love is recalled, the dead are remembered, and the varied vibrancy of the LGBTQIA+ writers of Minnesota comes to join your life and remind you of the texture, the tension, the trouble of being who we are and accepting whoever we are becoming. This work should be taught locally and nationally, used in groups and programs for people of many ages and with many missions.” Alexis Pauline Gumbs, author of M Archive: After the End of the World

“This beautiful and vivid collection of prose and poetry offers real insight into the complex realities of LGBTQIA+ life in Minnesota in the twenty-first century. Queer Voices also stands as a testament to the power of a creative community to foster talent and advocate for social change.”  Kevin P. Murphy, co-editor of Queer Twin Cities

“This splendid collection, by writers hailing from one of the nation’s most enduring queer reading series, is broadly diverse and soaringly intersectional, establishing the depth and excruciating beauty of the Minneapolis–St. Paul LGBTQIA+ community. Open these pages for the radically clear and queer-eyed words we all need to keep on reading.”
Barrie Jean Borich, author of Apocalypse, Darling

“After Marriage Equality: The Future of LGBT Rights” edited by Carlos A. Ball— Now What?

Ball, Carlos A, editor. “After Marriage Equality: The Future of LGBT Rights”, NYU Press , 2019.

Now What?

Amos Lassen

Now that the LGBT rights organizations have persuaded the Supreme Court that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, we have to wonder what comes next. The marriage equality movement has been criticized by those who believe marriage rights were a conservative cause overshadowing a host of more important issues. Now those of us who care about LGBT rights must struggle with how to promote the interests of sexual and gender identity minorities in a society where same-sex couples are allowed to marry. Here are twelve  original essays by leading scholars of law, politics, and society that address the most important question facing the LGBT movement today: What does marriage equality mean for the future of LGBT rights?”

The book looks at crucial and wide-ranging social, political, and legal issues confronting the LGBT movement, including the impact of marriage equality on political activism and mobilization, antidiscrimination laws, transgender rights, LGBT elders, parenting laws and policies, religious liberty, sexual autonomy, and gender and race differences. The book also looks at how LGBT movements in other nations have responded to the recognition of same-sex marriages, and what we might emulate or adjust in our own advocacy. Aiming to spark discussion and further debate regarding the challenges and possibilities of the LGBT movement’s future,”After Marriage Equality” will be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of sexual equality

 

“Pride: Photographs After Stonewall” by Fred W. McDarrah— Moving Forward

McDarrah, Fred W. “Pride: Photographs After Stonewall”, with an introduction by Hilton Als, OR Books, 2019

Moving Forward

Amos Lassen

With the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we can expect a plethora of books. With still a month to go, I have already received seven of them and each book is delightfully different.

The Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village was the  event that marked the coming-out of New York’s gay community and a refusal by gays to accept underground status. It was as important to the LGBT community as was the Montgomery bus boycott was to the civil rights movement. As a direct outcome of Stonewall, gay pride marches were held in 1970 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. The late Fred W. McDarrah was
the ultimate chronicler of New York’s downtown scene in that period, and of pre-AIDS life in the gay community. He was senior staff photographer of the “The Village Voice.” In 1994, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Stonewall, A Cappella Books issued his collection “Gay Pride: Photographs from Stonewall to Today.”
Working closely with the McDarrah family, and scanning from the original negatives, OR Books has completely re-set the original edition of the book, that is now entitled “Pride”. It includes a new foreword by “New Yorker” critic Hilton Als (who got his first job from McDarrah) and a period essay by Allen Ginsberg and Jill Johnston.

McDarrah saw himself as something of a nerd and a square and that may be but he was also a great photographer who for “The Village Voice” documented “the unwashed exploits of the Beat Generation.”  

“Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales” by Oliver Sacks— The Final Volume

Sacks, Oliver. “Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales”, Knopf, 2019.

The Final Volume

Amos Lassen

It was not until I received “Everything in Its Place” that I really realized that this was the last book from Oliver Sacks. His books  were important to me not only for reviewing purposes but also because I was able to see Sacks, the man behind the words and he became a friend of mine. I did not have to meet him or know him face-to-face— it was his prose that took me into his life and now that is gone forever. There always seemed to be something by Sacks to read but this was the end, a final volume of essays that showcase Sacks’s broad range of interests–from his passion for ferns, swimming, and horsetails, to his final case histories exploring schizophrenia, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

Oliver Sacks was a scientist and storyteller and he was beloved by readers for his neurological case histories and his fascination and familiarity with human behavior at its most unexpected and unfamiliar. This book celebrates Sacks’s many interests and told with his characteristic compassion and erudition and in his glorious prose.

Sacks writes with his characteristic compassion and attention to detail as he gives us one last peek into his “generous, curious, and brilliant mind.” While cancer may have claimed his body, his voice continues to be strong and this is a fitting end to an exemplary literary and medical career,. It features “the essential humanity and spaciousness of mind that his readers have long come to expect . . . with a voice, breadth of curiosity and kinship with life all his own . . . passionate . . . [and] engrossing.”

Sacks will be missed, “not only for the elegance and potency of his writing, but for his critically important championing of science in an age of science denial . . . Warm, edifying, highly personal essays.”  Up until the end he remained full of curiosity and awe whether he was discussing botany or the intricacies of the brain. He wrote with natural candor and wisdom and he taught us all so much. Sacks was my friend even though I never met him. He was a man who happened to be gay and his self-acceptance was a model for so many. He was a celebrated author and neurologist who had thoughts about everything and he willingly shared them. Sacks has already been gone four years and it took that long before we had the opportunity to read everything he wrote. Sacks has written so much about so many different topics that his voice will continue to speak to us in spirit if not in person.

The essays in this collection span a range of diverse interests. They are divided into three parts – the first part deals with childhood and family, the second deals with neuroscience and the kinds of fascinating case studies which made him famous, and the last contain miscellaneous thoughts about his interests and family.

In the first section he shares his lifelong love of swimming  and childhood experiments, his love of museums of geology and natural history, a marvelous paean to the chemist-poet Humphrey Davy, and a somewhat bittersweet contemplation of libraries in which he has something to say about the replacement of so many great paper books by impoverished online versions.

In the second section he writes about patients with neurological challenges. In doing this he goes beyond simple descriptions of disorders like Alzheimer’s diseases and depression. He describes how Alzheimer’s is increasingly seen as a reorganization of the brain rather than a simple degeneration where patients connect with areas of the brain which have been previously enveloped by layers of complexity. Under the right circumstances, Alzheimer’s patients can be every bit as alert and responsive to specific stimuli as anyone else. There is also  a fascinating chapter on the history of mental asylums which shows just how far we have come in treating the mentally ill with dignity.

The third and last section speaks of many of Sacks’s personal loves and these include gardens, gefilte fish, the periodic table and the discovery of super heavy elements, a trip to Colorado Springs and a mesmerizing interaction through a glass panel with an orangutan. The final chapter which was published in the New Yorker recently is poignant and leaves one feeling sad. “It laments the lack of human connection engendered by our obsession with devices, and Sacks talks about how depressed he feels when he sees everyone who was previously nodding, smiling and talking on the streets of New York lost in their devices and screens, seduced by pieces of fleeting information.” Sacks questions the coming of technology that seems to sap us of our human and emotional juices. He also sees science as a saving grace for us, and a final note of hope that humanity will continue to endure: “As I face my own impending departure from the world, I have to believe this – that mankind and our planet will survive, that life will continue, and that this will not be out final hour.” Even as he bids us goodbye in this final essay collection, Sacks’s  writings live and will continue “to inform, stimulate and inspire as long as men and women read, listen to music, care for loved ones and revel in the excitement of science.” I guess I will continue to reread them until I join Sacks at that great library somewhere else.