Chapter 8

Look at the World with Reawakened Eyes

When the eye wakes up to see again, it suddenly stops taking anything for granted.


I remember reading this article in the Washington Post Magazine, Sunday edition, blogging about it afterward and thinking to myself, Just give the man the Pulitzer.

Gene Weingarten’s “Pearls before Breakfast”11 was such a brilliant piece of journalism. He wondered, “What would happen if you took a renowned violinist (whose latest album was called “unfailingly exquisite, a musical summit that will make your heart thump and weep at the same time”) and positioned him inside a DC metro stop during the morning commute?

What if you asked him to play six compositions, each “masterpieces that ...

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