Sunday, July 16, 2017

Swimming and reading have a lot in common

All the brains in the world are powerless against the sort of stupidity that is in fashion.— Jean de La Fontaine, born on this date in 1621

"The main shift, and it comes about gradually, is realizing that you really will die ... It's not a joke. You really have to die. Even though you think you know it already, you don't know it until you feel it around the corner."

Want to be a better person? According to INC. (so it must be true) there are five books that, once read, will do the trick.
This wouldn’t be our list to get this job done, but here’s theirs:
  • Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Find out why here

"Benched: Abortion, Terrorists, Drones, Crooks, Supreme Court, Kennedy, Nixon, Demi Moore, and Other Tales from the Life of a Federal Judge." Senior Second Circuit Judge Jon O. Newman has written a new book, and you can learn more about ithere and here.
“Many things in life – oh so many more than we think – can never be explained at all.”

Top 10 books about swimming | Books | The Guardian

Man vs Ocean by Adam Walker
This nonfiction book chronicles one man’s quest to complete the Ocean’s Seven, in which a swimmer must cross: the Channel, the Cook Strait, the north Channel (from Ireland to Scotland), the Strait of Gibraltar, the Molokai Strait, the Catalina Channel and the Tsugaru Strait. Only a handful of people have completed all seven swims. It’s a retelling of an adventure that’s difficult to put into words precisely because so few people have done it. 

Swimming and reading have a lot in common:

the 2017 Phillips 66 World Championship trials in Indianapolis in June.
both are solitary pursuits, escapes into different worlds and 

different kinds of freedom.

Swim – Why We Love the Water by Lynn Sherr
This book takes a historical perspective on how swimming has changed over the millennia. One passage about Trudie Elder, the first woman to swim the Channel, stands out: “‘To me the sea is like a person – like a child that I’ve known a long time,’ she said 30 years after her Channel swim. ‘It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I’m out there.’”