The ruling ethos of Seattle is forlorn apology for our animal impulses.
The 'Times' is understood to be almost the unofficial biographer of the country, in some strange way to be printing a kind of quasi-neutral truth or even, in some people's minds, slightly center-left version of reality.
The N.C.A.A. is a multibillion-dollar business built on the talents of players who are often unqualified for or uninterested in being students and who benefit materially from the system only if they are among the few who turn professional.
Swimming is by far the best tonic I've found for my back. I'm not a good swimmer - I do the breaststroke or elementary backstroke in the slow lane - but when I took a two-week break from swimming I was surprised how much I missed it.
Honesty is the best policy; the only way out is deeper in: a candid confrontation with existence is dizzying, liberating.
I used to feel that everything I know I learned through my lifelong struggle with stuttering; I now feel this way about my damn back.