Sunday reading on nybooks.com: In the latest issue, Elizabeth Kolbert reviews three books about animal cognition, and G.W. Bowersock explores the grandeur of the ancient city of Pergamon. On the NYR Daily, Elizabeth Drew reports on the state of the campaign, and Christopher Benfey looks at the folk art collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman. And from the archives, Iris Murdoch writes about swimming.
One fascination of swimming is that the swimmer may feel himself cured of all ailments and dissatisfactions, as of all other longings. The waters of death have gone over my head, as the Bible says. Swimming, like dying, seems to solve all problems: and you remain alive. (1993)