Lawrence Weschler


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Lawrence Weschler, a graduate of Cowell College of the University of California at Santa Cruz (1974), was for over twenty years (1981-2002) a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992) and was also a recipient of Lannan Literary Award (1998).

His books of political reportage include The Passion of Poland (1984); A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers (1990); and Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas (1998).

His “Passions and Wonders” series currently comprises Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist R
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“When someone witnesses something amazing, what matters most is not 'out there' . . . but deep within, at the vital emotional center of witness.”
Lawrence Weschler, Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology

“Indeed, tone or voice is what you get when, larynxlike, you breathe through structure.”
Lawrence Weschler

“Do you believe in God?
"I believe in the divine: Mendelssohn is divine.
"I believe in grace: All natural movements are graceful.
"I believe in the mystical mathematics of heaven, which is to say grace beyond the algorithm of causality."
What about out-of-body experiences in those just returned from death's brink?
“Hell, one has a vision of heaven all the time!”
Lawrence Weschler, And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks
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