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The spectacle of skill

Silvrback blog imageTo watch Simone Biles win four gold medals for gymnastics at the Rio Olympics was to feel a special emotion, an abundant admiration for the sheer spectacle of skill. She might (or might not) be quite undistinguished in everything else she does, and  gymnastics may do nothing to solve hunger or climate change, and yet to do this one . . .

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December 19, 2017

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