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Skinny today, fat forever

As I walk out of J.Crew with my size 4 bootleg cords (on sale for $36), I feel I’ve been hoodwinked: Clearly, size inflation is completely out of control. There is no way I wear a “real” size 4. We’ve … Continue reading

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Paul Ryan’s marathon claim is about as real as Paul Bunyan

Okay, I know this controversy is pretty well over — Paul Ryan has copped to the facts: He never ran a sub 3:00 marathon as he claimed on a radio talk show. Here’s the relevant snippet from the 8/22 interview … Continue reading

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Foraging with the Wildman

I’d heard about this guy for a while. Turns out  the “Wildman,” a.k.a. Steve Brill, looks pretty normal, more like your high-school biology professor (albeit one who wears a pith helmet) than Crocodile Dundee. Brill has spent the last 30 … Continue reading

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My troubled relationship with Serena Williams

I think there needs to be some sort of 12-step program to help me sort out my feelings about Serena Williams. Particularly when the US Open rolls around, I find myself thinking far more about her than any other player. … Continue reading

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An ode to self determinism

“But for each of us, isn’t life about determining your own finish line?”   Diana Nyad I read this quote hours after Diana Nyad dropped the curtain on her fourth attempt to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida without … Continue reading

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Plumbing the dark depths: On Alex Meyer and open water

I think open-water swimmers have a dark core. Maybe it’s the unknown depths, the inky blackness of it. Maybe it’s the sense of aloneness in the water, that despite the safety boats, kayaks and lifeguards, you could still slip quietly … Continue reading

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