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Sunday Reads for October 16, 2022

Why can’t we tickle ourselves? The first article introduced me to the word “ticklee” and it’s such an interesting peek into our brains. But if I were giving out awards for magazine writing, I would give one to "Mike Conner v. The Pain” — a searing story about one man’s reckoning after breaking 108 bones in his body. I’m also still thinking about this Felix Baumgartner quote on the 10th anniversary of his stratosphere freefall: “Sometimes you have to go up to understand how small you are.”

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    Ars Technica - Max G. Levy, wired.com

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    Esquire - Joshua St.Clair

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