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Lawrence Weschler, the grandson of the eminent Viennese-born Weimar-era emigre (and Hollywood) composer Ernst Toch, has written several celebrated works of of literary nonfiction, including Vermeer in Bosnia
, Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder
, and Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing of One Sees
. He was a staff writer at The New Yorker
for over twenty years and is a contributing editor to McSweeney’s
, The Threepenny Review
, and The Virginia Quarterly Review
. The recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, he recently retired as director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. He is currently completing a biographical memoir of Oliver Sacks.