Thursday, February 19, 2015

Oliver Sacks on His Last Months

He has recently learned that he has "multiple metastases in the liver," the kind of cancer that "cannot be halted." He has a detached, yet touching, article on "how [he plans] to live out the months that remain to me." Here's a section on some of his choices, and the reasons behind them:

I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at “NewsHour” every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming.

This is not indifference but detachment — I still care deeply about the Middle East, about global warming, about growing inequality, but these are no longer my business; they belong to the future. [...]


  1. Suchithra said...

    Hi, The link you posted does not seem to work. Can you please check?
    (Oh, and while I'm at it, this is one of the best blogs I follow... Kudos!)

  2. Abi said...

    @Suchithra: The link is fixed now. Thanks for the alert, and the nice words about the blog!