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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Odd Olympic Moments

Whether it is the last-minute substitution of a baby as a rowing cockswain in the 1900 Paris Olympics, the 72-year-old Olympian who won silver in a shooting competition at the 1920 Antwerp games, or Ethopian Abebe Bikila’s  marathon  win barefoot at the 1960 Rome Olympics,  these now-biennial events always feature memorable moments. Esquire recently gathered these and other "Lesser Known Moments in Olympic History" in an online slide show.

When the 2012 London Summer Olympics launch Friday night, there will be many opportunities in the following 17 days for similar highlights.  Yes, we’ll want to see how Michael Phelps adds to his 16 medals, but we may also want to follow Sarah Attar, the 800-meter runner from Saudi Arabia. She is one of two women her country has ever sent to the games.

If you want to do some reading before Friday’s opening ceremony, here are a few suggestions:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Friday, July 06, 2012

Fairy Tales in Fiction

Are you a fantasy lover? Novelist Graham Joyce, author of the The Silent Land and winner of the World Fantasy Award, enjoys “fairy fiction,” novels that take their protagonists beyond the simple retelling of the tales we inherited from Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm. Writing in The Guardian ("Graham Joyce's Top Ten Fairy Fictions, June 29,2012), he lists his favorites. Here are a few :

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt

The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

The Owl Service by Alan Garner

The Stolen Child by Keith Donahue