Friday 28 December 2007

Musicophilia


This book is certainly the best Secret Santa gift that I have ever received. A mean tome. Mr. Sacks, a gifted neurologist, explores the complex relationship between music and the human listener. Why is it that we listen? Why is it that we are affected in such countless ways? A melody contains no tangible concepts or images, yet as we listen the bombardment of memory is oft visceral. Curious, no?

Myriad theories, a smorgasbord of cracking and compassionately spun tales. Well worth checking out is Musicophilia
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2 comments:

chosha said...

Wow, that sounds interesting. All of his books are interesting. My favourite so far is The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. He makes things that are genuinely hard to grasp accessible.

Happy New Year, by the way!

econgirl said...

I was just going to ask if that was the same dude who mistook his wife for a hat but no need now, obviously (I bet he gets that all the time though from badly-read people like me!)