The reason that I ran, more than any other, is because it is the purest form of honesty that there is. You have point X and you have another point Y, and you go from here to there. The watch doesn’t lie. You go there in this much time. And there’s no bullshit. There’s no cheating. I’ve seen guys cut courses and all that kind of shit, but there’s no way to cut it, really. The watch never lies. You’re simply as good as the watch says you are. Running is the great purifier and life’s the great marathon. It’s that simple.
If you were tasked with designing a regional system of government guaranteed to produce racial conflict, anger, and resentment, you’d be hard pressed to do better than St. Louis County.
People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing. The good thing about politeness is that you can treat these people exactly the same. And then wait to see what happens. You don’t have to have an opinion. You don’t need to make a judgment. I know that doesn’t sound like liberation, because we live and work in an opinion-based economy. But it is. Not having an opinion means not having an obligation. And not being obligated is one of the sweetest of life’s riches.
To people, like me, from the coast—I’m from Maryland—St. Louis can seem like a blank in the the middle of the country, a place where people and even ideas get stuck on the way to somewhere better, or at least somewhere else. But St. Louis is like New York (the fourth-most segregated metro in America), or Los Angeles, or Miami, or Dallas, or Washington, DC, only more so. Far from a blank, St. Louis is often regarded as the most American of America’s cities.
But it doesn’t take a federal investigation to understand the history of racial segregation, economic inequality and overbearing law enforcement that produced so much of the tension now evident on the streets. St. Louis has long been one of the nation’s most segregated metropolitan areas, and there remains a high wall between black residents — who overwhelmingly have lower incomes — and the white power structure that dominates City Councils and police departments like the ones in Ferguson.
…Messi dragging entire defenses across the pitch like someone resizing a browser window.
The ways we miss our lives are life.
Now I want to lighten the mood by arguing that the entire economic foundation of our industry is rotten.
Mendoza found Missourians consider themselves proud Midwesterners, not Southerners, no matter what anybody else says.
In such settings, being an Arsenal supporter is even more predictable than having an M.F.A. or a pair of horn-rimmed glasses.
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