Caster Semenya on The Farm


One hundred eighteen years after university founder Leland Stanford hired Eadweard Muybridge to photo document and reveal mysteries of human and horse forms in motion, champion runner Caster Semenya comes to The Farm Angell Field Prefontaine Classic (!) Sunday to compete in the 800. She has not lost since 2015 on the track, that distance (She lost in the courts, who are baffled by her biology — or as David Starr Jordan might have said, what the fish?).


Eadweard has 2 e’s and 2 a’s while Caster apparently has 2 X’s and a Y.

Caster covers two laps in about 1:54. In comparison, in April I finished the San Francisco Rock and Roll Half Marathon in just under the cutoff, four hours. I literally run a 23 and me.


Caster easily beats 2 minutes half mile while yours truly would be thrilled to crank out 26 in 7 minutes each at next April’s race

There’s a sellout crowd expected. (They should have left the track in the football stadium).

edita, hours alter

Sylvia was one of the brightest people in our class, but I didn’t realize until a reading of The Metaphysical Touch that she is also quite humorous

I stopped around minute 12, at the word “semen”
The book is or was on Counterpoint, founded by Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder. I saw Sylvia do a reading at the Jewish center for her YA book under a different nom de plume. I think she’s friends with Ann Packer.

She’s introduced, for 5 minutes, by Robert Hass, former U.S. Poet Laureate

and1: Robert Selz (1919-2019) z’l’

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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