Author with local ties writes ‘precocious and engaging’ book
Jonah Lehrer is a Rhodes scholar and author whose book “Proust Was a Neuroscientist” gained the attention of New York Times reviewers. And he has links to York County. Background post detailing other national literary and arts figures with York ties: A & E greats.
Jonah Lehrer’s new book, “Proust Was a Neuroscientist,” was recently reviewed in the New York Times.
Its another case of an achiever with York County links making it big on the national scene.
The 25-year-old is the son of York County native Jean Hively, a 1970 graduate of Red Lion Area Senior High School. Today, she lives with her family in Los Angeles but has relatives in York County.
To give a taste of the book, The New York Times review begins:
Jonah Lehrer strikes me as one of those young people who turn up in articles on how life is now so competitive that children no longer have time for jump-rope or adolescents for baby-sitting. At 25, he has already been a Rhodes scholar, worked in the lab of a Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist and been a line chef in the kitchens of Le Cirque 2000 and Le Bernardin. He writes a blog on science issues affiliated with Seed magazine, where he is an editor, and now has written “Proust Was a Neuroscientist,” a precocious and engaging book that tries to mend the century-old tear between the literary and scientific cultures.
Don’t buy this book if you’re looking for some new definitive something or other regarding Proust. Marcel gets only one chapter, but what a fine chapter that is.
Buy it if you love fine writing, fine painting, haute cuisine and magnificent neuroscience.
Buy it if you have any pretensions towards being civilized.
I owe nothing to the author, who has never heard of me, and I work not in any nearby intellectual field.
I write as one who saw, who bought and who is much enjoying.