Thu, Oct 17, 2019 · 19:00

Celebrate the recent release of writer, journalist, teacher, and cultural explorer Lawrence Weschler's latest biographical memoir, And How Are You Dr. Sacks? A result of four years of intimate reporting on famed neurologist Oliver Sacks in the early 1980s, Weschler was granted permission to release the book shortly Sacks' death in 2015.

The book offers the definitive portrait of Sacks as a preeminent romantic scientist, a self-described "clinical ontologist" whose entire practice revolved around the single fundamental question he effectively asked each of his patients: How are you? Which is to say, "How do you be?"

Both author and subject shared curiosity, wit, and a brilliant ability to communicate the wonder of phenomena. Weschler and Sacks are both Exploratorium Osher Fellow Emeriti, and we are thrilled to welcome Weschler back to share his latest work.

Weschler will be available to sign copies of his book following the presentation. Copies may be purchased at the Exploratorium Store the night of the event.

Lawrence Weschler, a longtime veteran of the New Yorker magazine and a regular contributor to NPR, is the director emeritus of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU, and the author of nearly twenty books, including Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, Everything That Rises, and Vermeer in Bosnia. He is an Exploratorium Osher Fellow Emeritus and gave a keynote address at the Art As a Way of Knowing conference at the Exploratorium in 2011.

Free for Donors ( and After Dark Members (

Adults Only (18+)

Note: Seating in the Kanbar Forum is limited. Please arrive early for guaranteed seating.

Venue Name: Exploratorium.

Category: Arts | Visual Arts | Museum.

Nightlife | Other,
Arts | Books & Literature.


After Dark (Ages 18+): USD 19.95,
General Daytime members (Ages 18+): USD 14.95,
Free for After Dark members. $10 add-on ticket for Tactile Dome available for purchase on-site only.: USD 0.00.