Live Talks Los Angeles presents An Evening with Oliver Sacks In Conversation with David Milch on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Dr. Sacks, neurologist and best-selling author, will discuss his provocative new book, Hallucinations (to be released November 6, 2012), which takes the reader into the eerie, psychedelic, and ultimately very real world of hallucinations. Milch is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, best known for his work on Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and Deadwood. The talk is part of Live Talks Los Angeles’ art and culture evening series of talks with speakers from the worlds of art and entertainment. The event is at 8:00pm, with a reception from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Tickets are $20, $40 with Dr. Sacks’ book, and $95, which includes the book and pre-event reception. The event will take place at the Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403). For more information please visit www.livetalksla.org.
The next talk in the series, after Dr. Sacks, features atheist magician Penn Jillette on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica. Please visit Live Talks LA’s website for additional details, updates and tickets.
In his latest book, Dr. Oliver Sacks (Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, The Mind’s Eye) presents a provocative investigation into hallucinations – their many guises, their physiological sources, and their personal and cultural resonances. At his Live Talks Los Angeles engagement, Dr. Sacks will address what hallucinations say about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in all of us. Hallucinations is a fascinating trip through the mechanics and blips of our brains, told with clarity, humor, empathy and knowledge by Dr. Sacks.
Hallucinations, for most people, imply madness. But there are many different types of non-psychotic hallucinations caused by illness or injury, by intoxication – even by falling asleep. From the elementary geometrical shapes that we see when we rub our eyes to the complex swirls, blind spots and zigzags of a visual migraine, hallucinations take many forms. In his new book, Hallucinations, Dr. Sacks draws on a wealth of clinical examples from his own patients, as well as historical and literary descriptions, as he investigates the fundamental differences and similarities of the various types of hallucinations.
The title of Dr. Sacks’ newest work suggests drugs and the book goes there. He shares his own experiences, while living in San Francisco in the ‘60s, when he was a leather-wearing, motorcycle-riding, young scientist on his way to the lab – experimenting as only a scientist would, taking notes and marking the details of his own hallucinations. The episode is revealing, as Dr. Sacks illuminates about drug use and the brain’s complexity.
Dr. Sacks’ work has inspired documentaries on NOVA, BBC, and PBS, as well as numerous international stage adaptations. A YouTube video featuring Dr. Sacks and a nursing home patient, who lights up when hearing music, became a phenomenon last year with over 6 million views to date. A TED Talk he gave on the subject of hallucinations continues to trend with over 1.4 million hits. Bjork’s latest album, Biophilia, is partially inspired by Dr. Sacks’ Musicophilia. He is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. At 79, he is a living legend that the New York Times honored as “the poet laureate of medicine.” http://www.oliversacks.com