Lawrence Weschler was for over twenty years (1981-2002) a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992) and was also a recipient of Lannan Literary Award (1998). His McSweeney’s-published Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences received the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Recent books include a considerably expanded edition of Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, comprising thirty years of conversations with Robert Irwin; a companion volume, True to Life: Twenty Five Years of Conversation with David Hockney; Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists; and forthcoming, with Abelardo Morell, Flowers for Lisa: A Delirium of Photographic Invention (due out this October). His twentieth book, an intimate biographical memoir of Oliver Sacks, will appear next year.