Friday, March 23, 2007

Atul Gawande's favorite books

In the fall of 2002, Atul Gawande told Barnes & Noble about his ten favorite books. The explanation that I liked best:
Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses -- Everything I dislike about writing -- pompousness, knowing wordiness, literary posturing, characters as merely symbols, symbols as blaring neon signposts, tendentious politics -- put together into a single book of genius. It works. I don’t know why.
Read about Gawande's other nine favorites.

And check out his new book, Better.

--Marshal Zeringue