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?).
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.
There’s a sellout crowd expected. (They should have left the track in the football stadium).
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THREE VISAGES OF MY CLASSMATE AND FRIEND SYLVIA BROWNRIGG (FREMONT HILLS, GUNN) FROM 2009 READING OF “THE DELIVERY ROOM”
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’