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The Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas
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Jun 27, 2011

it was amazing
Read in January, 1980

This is one of the first of Lewis Thomas's books I read ... long time ago (i.e., decades ago) ... and I just remember being fascinated at how he could reflect on various aspects of life in general, taking off from some biological truth.

If I recall correctly, it was Joyce Carol Oates who "discovered" Thomas, having been given a collection of his essays from The New England Journal of Medicine, and she was so taken by his writing that she championed him for the general reading public.
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