Lawrence (Ren) Weschler
Adjunct Professor of English
Office: 70 Brown St., Rm. 428
Phone: (401) 863-3434
B.A., Philosophy and Cultural History, Cowell College, UC Santa Cruz, 1974.
Lawrence Weschler, the author of nearly twenty books of narrative nonfiction, was a staff writer for twenty years (1981-2001) at the New Yorker, where his work caromed between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He was then director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU (2001-2014), and concurrently artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival (2006-2011), with both of which he remains emeritus director. His books include Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees (a biography of artist Robert Irwin); Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder (on the Museum of Jurassic Technology in LAS, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize); Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, 2007); A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers; Vermeer In Bosnia; and Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas. For over twenty-five years, he has taught, variously, at Princeton, Columbia, Sarah Lawrence, UCSC, and NYU. He has been a contributing editor to McSweeney's, The Believer, the Three Penny Review and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Currently, he regularly writes for Vanity Fair, the New York Times Magazine, and Smithsonian, among others, and contributes to various shows on NPR. He has just completed his latest book, a memoir of his longtime friendship with the late neurologist Oliver Sacks. The late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet once declared his book on torture in Latin America "Lies, all lies" elaborating, "The author is a liar and a hypocrite."