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Golfing Alone in San Francisco


By Arlo Crawford

Solitary confinement is a punishment for many but a pleasure for a few. Evolution has prepared us for all kinds of threats—the fastest runner escapes the tiger, the sharpest eyes spot the snake—but the threat of pandemic is different. In a world of social creatures, it’s those who thrive alone who may outlive us all.

For years, I’ve gotten up before dawn to play at Lincoln Park Golf Course, primarily because I prefer to play alone. Golf is the sport that’s closest to my favorite activity—sitting quietly. It’s a solitary pursuit even in a foursome and you keep your own score, for better or worse. A golfer’s primary opponent is the landscape, but ultimately they fight the imperfect, frightened person who lives in their own skin.

 

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PASSING THE TIME WITH PAPER: A WEED SPORT READING LIST

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

This may be your one true chance to start AND FINISH David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus. Tennis, entertainment, and family dynamics packed into 1079 pages. There’s also a 56-hour audiobook if you’re keen to listen.
 

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RUNNER (1962)

Led by the wise words of poet W.H. Auden, this short documentary directed by Don Owen profiles 19-year old Canadian long-distance runner Bruce Kidd. Featuring a smooth soundtrack and picturesque camerawork, RUNNER (1962) is a fun look back at athletics before all the supplements.

 

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