Insomniac City

Insomniac City

New York, Oliver, and Me

eBook - 2017
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A moving celebration of what Bill Hayes calls "the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected" of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks."A beautifully written once-in-a-lifetime book, about love, about life, soul, and the wonderful loving genius Oliver Sacks, and New York, and laughter and all of creation."'Anne LamottBill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at forty-eight years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera. And he unexpectedly fell in love again, with his friend and neighbor, the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, whose exuberance'"I don't so much fear death as I do wasting life," he tells Hayes early on'is captured in funny and touching vignettes throughout. What emerges is a portrait of Sacks at his most personal and endearing, from falling in love for the first time at age seventy-five to facing illness and death (Sacks died of cancer in August 2015). Insomniac City is both a meditation on grief and a celebration of life. Filled with Hayes's distinctive street photos of everyday New Yorkers, the book is a love song to the city and to all who have felt the particular magic and solace it offers.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2017
ISBN: 9781620404959
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (304 pages)

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May 23, 2017

There is no other way to say this: I LOVED this book. I want to hold its author as one of my closest friends. I want to return soon to NYC. I want to be a better, more engaged person with the ones I love, always making certain that they know their worth and feel my love. I want to be a better observer, have more random encounters, and here you go: This book makes me want to be a better person.

One of the best - if not THE best - books I've read in a very long while.

(Don't listen on audio. The book has many photographic images which set the tone and would be hugely missed in any format but print).

Apr 10, 2017

Simply beautiful! How lucky for Mr. Hayes and Dr. Sacks that their paths crossed. And, how lucky for us that Hayes is such a fine writer and photographer. He makes me want to pack up and move to New York. Highly recommended.


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