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Reading that moves you

One thing you miss when you read from a screen is coming across something that makes you stand up and take the book with you. It’s the coolest thing in the world when something actually makes you stop reading, or makes your heart pound, or makes you put the book down, think, and then pick it up again. I can’t recall the last time I underlined or dog eared something that wasn’t for work, but I wish I could do something like that for this article from The New Yorker by Atul Gawande, whose awesome book on surgery I was lucky enough to read the old fashioned way.

It’s a story and an essay and horror and a fable and informative and engrossing and gross. If you’re squeamish or suggestible, consider searching for the first use of the word “perception” and starting from there.

The Itch,” by Atul Gawande. What’s moved you recently?

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