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Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
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Sep 19, 13

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Dr. Sacks' Musicophilia covers a wide range of tremendously interesting instances of music's odd effects on the mind, however it's anecdotal nature is both its greatest strength and greatest weakness. Because the stories fly by quickly it is easy to tear through a number of them and find your self saying, "Huh. Weird." But because it lacks a thorough exploration of many of the stories, the anecdotes often remain nothing greater than anecdotes. Most tend to involve Dr. Sacks stating the name of a patient he has had, a brief explanation of what their condition is, (sometimes) a statement of how this condition has appeared in other places, then he states what he suggested to the patient. In most case, the stories don't even run this deep. If Sacks spent more time with a few of the stories, instead of so little time with so many, it would be possible that this book could reach statements bigger than "Huh. Weird." but as the book stands (without even a formal conclusion on his thoughts connecting these fragments) it lacks centering and depth. It's too bad, too, because some of these stories are really pretty strange.
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Alex Widder Spot on, I felt the same way.

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