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These Bodies’ Work

I had no plans to watch the gymnastics competition in Rio, but when you keep hearing, she’s the best gymnast in history, you tune in.  I am referring, of course, to Simone Biles, the 19-year old virtuoso from Texas, winner of the all-around gold medal and innovator of the most difficult tumbling pass performed by…

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Grieving in Public

It’s been a couple weeks and the news cycle has moved on, but I can’t get Ghazala Khan’s face out of my mind. Her mouth is a shimmering perfection, neither smiling nor frowning. Her frameless glasses magnify her eyes, and her dark eyebrows float above them. Her pink cheeks have no sharp angles. Her blue…