On neurons and narrative

In this week’s Speakeasy, Dr. Oliver Sacks discusses what it’s like to have his works adapted in Hollywood. On being a neurologist and writer:

I love writing when the writing goes well, which is far from always. It’s not only a joy but things seem to come together and integrate themselves in the act of writing. I often can’t put things together unless I write about them. I may write just privately. I always keep notebooks when I see patients. I write very elaborate notes, which are quite unnecessary and quite beyond the call of necessity, but I have a psychological necessity to feel out whole narratives on these issues. Somehow or other I think practicing neurology and learning and teaching and writing are not completely separated from me and that’s for the best.

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