Monday, March 30, 2015


From Bob Stanley’s brick of a book on pop to Oliver Sacks’ sliver of a diary on, of all things, ferns. Neurologist Sacks is well(ish)-known for his book of 30 years ago, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (later turned into a mini-opera by Michael Nyman). I also have his 2007 tome, the fearsomely daunting Musicophilia, about music and the brain, but have never got around to reading it. 
Oaxaca Journal, however, written over ten days while on a study trip with friends to southern Mexico in 2001, is over in a flash. I can’t say I’m that interested in Lepto Sporangiates, but hoped to learn a little about Oaxaca along the way. True, chocolate and mescal get a look-in, but mostly, if it’s not ferns, it’s plants related to ferns, cacti and birds.  A man who clearly loves to write about anything and everything.    

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