MEMETERIA by Thomas May

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RIP Oliver Sacks

So sad to learn the news that Oliver Sacks died on 30 August. The final blog post on his website (dated 14 August 2015) thanked his fans for their messages of support, noting that they are “a daily reminder to the good doctor of his long, adventurous life, the high points of which have always been his communion and conversation with his readers and the privilege of seeing and helping his patients.”

Also in August Sacks published an opinion piece in The New York ZTimes: “Sabbath,” in which he observed:

And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life — achieving a sense of peace within oneself. I find my thoughts drifting to the Sabbath, the day of rest, the seventh day of the week, and perhaps the seventh day of one’s life as well, when one can feel that one’s work is done, and one may, in good conscience, rest.

Rest in peace, Oliver Sacks.

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