In Light of Re­cent Events

The Monthly (Australia) - - NEWS - BY OSLO DAVIS

Swim­ming is the only time, while awake, that I’m not enslaved to the in­ter­net. At first the soli­tary con­fine­ment is un­nerv­ing, mad­den­ing. But after a few laps my mind be­comes loose, and I’m able to think in free form. I turn over past con­ver­sa­tions with my wife, think up ideas for car­toons and won­der if I should re­sume il­le­gally down­load­ing mu­sic. Re­cently, I ap­proached some fel­low swim­mers who’d just pulled them­selves out of the pool, and asked them to di­vulge the deep thoughts that ran through their minds as they swam.

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