Dis­cus­sion

Smithsonian Magazine - - Somario -

READ­ERS WERE SWEPT AWAY by “The Mount Ever­est of Surf­ing,” Paul Th­er­oux’s ac­count of the ad­ven­tur­ers who take on gi­ant waves off the coast of Por­tu­gal. “I held my breath while read­ing it,” Shauneen Hen­rick of New York wrote. While Daniel Hager­man “never got into surf­ing,” he said, “the ex­hil­a­ra­tion from even at­tempt­ing this would be some­thing else.” An­other wild tale in the July/Au­gust is­sue, “The Coun­ter­feit Queen of Soul,” about the 1969 kid­nap­ping of a woman forced to per­form as Aretha Franklin, also left read­ers spell­bound. “What a roller coaster ride for Vickie Jones and her fam­ily!” wrote D. Sitko of Austin, Texas. Oth­ers re­joiced in the hoopla around the ori­gins of a 60-year-old cir­cu­lar plas­tic toy. “Who knew ‘hoop­ing’ could be so con­tro­ver­sial?” Diana Whit­lock said on Face­book. “It awak­ens sen­su­al­ity and clears the mind? I’m in!”

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