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Insomniac City : New York, Oliver, and me

Author: Bill Hayes
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A "celebration of what [writer and photographer] 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 [neurologist] Oliver Sacks"--Amazon.com.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Diaries
Portraits
Personal Narratives
Named Person: Bill Hayes; Bill Hayes; Bill Hayes; Oliver Sacks; Bill Hayes; Oliver Sacks; Oliver Sacks; Bill Hayes; Oliver Sacks
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Hayes
ISBN: 9781620404935 1620404931
OCLC Number: 971246712
Description: 291 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: Pt. I. Insomniac city. Insomniac city --
Sleep : loss --
Black crow --
O and I --
On becoming a New Yorker --
Subway lifer --
The summer Michael Jackson died --
A fisherman on the subway --
A poem written on the stars --
The moving man --
For the skateboarders --
pt. II. On being not dead. The thank-you man --
The same taxi twice --
The weeping man --
On being not dead --
On a typewriter --
At the skateboard park --
A woman who knew her way --
Driving a supermodel --
Lessons from the smoke shop --
A year in trees --
On father's day --
pt. III. How New York breaks your heart. My afternoon with Ilona --
His name if Raheem --
A Monet of one's own --
But --
Everything that I don't have --
A pencil sharpener --
Home --
Postscript.
Responsibility: Bill Hayes.

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A "celebration of what [writer and photographer] 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 [neurologist] Oliver Sacks"--Amazon.com.

"Bill 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."--Jacket.

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