Dr. Oliver Sacks and the squid overlord
Yesterday, I posted a piece about neuroscientist Oliver Sacks and a new PBS program based on his book, Musicophilia.
Ever the investigative reporter, True Slant’s Kashmir Hill wrote to me to a) confess her love for him (look out, Kashmir, I was there first), and b) ask about a t-shirt he wears in one of his press photos.
I asked Dr. Sacks about it supposedly on her behalf and yours, but really just to be in touch with him, and here, exclusive to T/S, is the backstory on the squid overlord T, why the eminent neuroscientist has his, and where to get yours — and product placement etiquette be damned.
“The Welcome Squid Overlords t-shirt is probably my favorite,” he told me today, “although I am also partial to ones from the New York Botanical Garden, where I go as often as possible, and from Russ & Daughters, the venerable NYC herring emporium. The squid t-shirt was a gift from my friend Steve Silberman, who found it in a shop in San Francisco. They are made by a company called Mule Design: http://store.muledesign.com/shirts/squidoverlords.php
I love Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side of NY (just a stone’s throw from Yonah Shimmel Knishes, most recently a quick visual flashby in the new Woody Allen movie). Between all the talk about the lox and the squid, I’m feeling a little like visiting the Museum of Natural History, or Sushi Den.
Here’s a little backstory on that T from the courteous folks at muledesign. But first a moment of recognition for the new World Order, as it takes its first few faltering steps in my unworthy hands. I have now posted Stephen Colbert asking us all to make “Tea” by Paul Muldoon our favorite poem. And this piece featuring what could easily become the world’s most popular T-shirt, for a millisecond, with your help: