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Bill Hayes
Writer & Photographer: "Insomniac City" + "How New York Breaks Your Heart"
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Maddy Ewins 8h
It’s been well over a year since I read Insomniac City by , but it still comes to mind frequently. Still one of my favourite books. Still one of the best recommendations from . If you haven't read it, don't wait.
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Bill Hayes 6h
Replying to @madsewins @jenny_wen
Ah, lovely -- thank you...!
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Bill Hayes 13h
Replying to @japhek
Oliver had an incredibly (almost alarmingly!) low heart rate, thanks to lifelong swimming; I say this not as a doctor (though doctors always noted it too) but as someone who would put his ear to Oliver's chest and try to count the beats.
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Bill Hayes 13h
Yes, and I can't wait for the world to get to know him as well as I did via extraordinarily candid forthcoming documentary film "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life" - I will share details as they become available in coming months....
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Bill Hayes 14h
Replying to @GlendaBurgess
Yes - Once he was safely in the water (in his older years), whether a pool or lake, Oliver could swim nonstop for a mile or more. He "wrote" while he swam, composing sentences.
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Bill Hayes 15h
Replying to @GlendaBurgess
It's so simple, right?
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Museum of the Moving Image Sep 13
Ten science or technology-related films will be at this year's , including the -supported doc about Oliver Sacks. Read about them on
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Bill Hayes 16h
Replying to @sanfordmay
Likewise! O and I used to swim a mile or so together twice a week, and, fortunately--for both mental + physical health--I have continued that tradition since he passed.
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Bill Hayes 16h
Q: “Dr. Sacks, compare a great day when you were 30 or 40 to a great day now that you’re 80.” A: “Well, on my 40th birthday I went for a long swim. And on my 80th birthday I went for a long swim.”
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Bill Hayes Sep 13
Exactly. He had zero belief in an afterlife. I meant it euphemistically. Or perhaps I meant, Oliver is smiling at Greta through me.... xb
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Bill Hayes Sep 13
Replying to @angryalgonquin
When Oliver first encountered children (and adults) w/ autism back in the '60s, he found them warehoused in institutions, as if mentally ill. Through his writing, he was one of many who helped to destigmatize autism/Asperger's and pave the way for remarkable leaders like Greta.
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Bill Hayes Sep 13
I'm sure Oliver Sacks is smiling down on with so much admiration. What a remarkable person....
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Bill Hayes Sep 13
Replying to @TanyaCawley
You think recent docs on "RBG" and Mr. Rogers were great? Well, wait until you see this....
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Vulcan Inc. Sep 13
How awesome is this poster? | | [LOVE] — — — — [Adore] | | | | [Hit 🔁] [Tap ♥️]
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Bill Hayes Sep 13
"The one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere." - Words that can also be applied to many issues and situations--including in one's own personal/private life. Think about it.
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Shayoni Mitra May 24
Replying to @bjork @BillHayesNYC
My favorite story: her inviting Oliver Sacks to lunch. His partner after decades of private closeted life, acting as his guide to Björk’s music. To Sacks in his 80s diagnosed with relapsed cancer she “confounded him” but was “deeply impressed by her artistry”
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Bill Hayes Sep 12
Replying to @LWOSemmanuel
One of my favorites too. I think of it as a kind of portrait of him, of his mind and imagination....
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Bill Hayes Sep 12
"I love the periodic table very much. It stands for order, stability, imagination...If you doubt reality, drop a hunk of tungsten on your foot!" - Oliver Sacks "His Own Life"
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Bill Hayes Sep 12
Replying to @meghankov
Definitely. And I like that, in the dream, I "found" him.
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Bill Hayes Sep 12
Stuck in sluggish traffic, I ask the cabbie what his plans are for tonight. “Sleep. Get some sleep. Haven’t slept three nights — ” “Three nights is rough – what’s going on?” He looks at me in the rear-view, black circles under his eyes. “I’m in love.”
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