Musicophilia: Tales of Music and The Brain is okay. As a huge Oliver Sacks fan and a musician, I thought I was going to like it more than I did. But really, it’s a pretty scattered book. There’s not much of an overarching theme or thread — just 350 pages of Oliver Sacks writing about music and the brain. Which is very cool and all, but it doesn’t make for an engaging long narrative. It might be a good bathroom book: you just pick up a chapter here and there, rather than reading it straight through.
Here’s a big roundup of links related to the book:
- Seed Magazine » The Listener » As Oliver Sacks observes the mind through music, his belief in a science of empathy takes on new dimension
- Wired Magazine » Oliver Sacks on Earworms, Stevie Wonder and the View From Mescaline Mountain
- The New Yorker » Oliver Sacks » A Neurologist’s Notebook » Music and amnesia
- Oliver Sacks » The Bat Segundo Show