From the Reading Journal, #5

“But it was in her art, her music, that Lilian not only coped with disease but transcended it. This was clear when she played the piano, an art that both demands and provides a sort of superintegration, a total integration of sense and muscle, of body and mind, of memory and fantasy, of intellect and emotion, of one’s whole self, of being alive.”

Oliver Sacks, writing about pianist Lilian Kallir in The Mind’s Eye, his most recent book of essays.

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