On Athletes

Photo by Harold Edgerton: Tennis Player (1938)

Athletes have studied how to leap and how to survive the leap some of the time and return to the ground. They don’t always do it well. But they are our philosophers of actual moments and the body and soul in them – and of our maneuvers in our emergencies and longings.

Harold Brodkey, 1992

Photo by Harold Edgerton: Tennis Player (1938)