Reads of the week: An occult hand, zombies and a Jennifer Egan short story

Every week, we share what we’ve been reading:

Maddy Mahon: You’ve undoubtedly heard of the horrific zombie-like encounter in Miami a few weeks ago in which a man ate another man’s face while reportedly on ‘bath salts.’ So as a follow-up, here’s your latest ‘be-afraid-of-new-drugs’ (but it’s interesting!) article from Spin.

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(Baggies of typical ‘bath salts’ are seen on January 24, 2011 in Washington,DC. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Meggan Ellingboe: One of my favorite things about being a teacher is an excuse to host my own summer outdoor yoga classes and explore fun yoga events like the ones put on by Gorilla Yogis. Check out how they’re bringing yoga into the local community.

Alex DiPalma: When I read Jennifer Egan’s great new short story Black Box in the magazine, I didn’t realize that it was originally sent out as a series of tweets. For an hour each night, over a span of 10 nights, The New Yorker tweeted a section of the story. You can (thankfully) skip the live-tweet experimental format and read Black Box in full here.

Tom Weber: This and this.

Chris Dall: Loved Don’t Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight so I picked up Alexandra Fuller’s latest memoir Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfullness. It’s as good as her first.

Kryssy Pease: Not reading anything but recommends these photos of Kandahar.

Emily Kaiser: In April, we did a show about young people with cancer. Our guest, Jenna Langer, is a cancer survivor and had a bone marrow transplant last year. Last week, she finally found out who her donor was.

And here are some kids giving advice on being a good dad:

Here’s what I recommend: Make up a nonsensical phrase and try to use it as often as possible in emails, tweets, letters, articles, or whatever you write regularly.

–Stephanie Curtis, social media host