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The best of the poems, photos, and meditations to appear on UPICTURE have now been collected in a book,  KILLERS IN TUTUS, available at Amazon.  Click here.  The cover photo appeared on November 2, 2012 in an essay on Fasching … Continue reading

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What happened to joga bonito?

. As anyone who has watched the World Cup can testify, no television commentator has used the phrase joga bonito — to play beautifully — to characterize the team of Brazil in this tournament. Only in historic footage can we … Continue reading

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New Olympic sports … and some we’d like to lose

. We were sitting at the dinner table last night, talking about Katie Ledecky’s new 1500 meter swimming record, when the topic of wrestling came up. Wrestling, as you know, was delisted as an Olympic sport last year, despite being … Continue reading

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Dragon Boat Races, Hong Kong, 2001

It was threatening to rain, the air had that buzzy pre-storm electricity in it, and the locals were scampering for the subway. But I had never seen the real dragon boats race, and I had waited a long time. It’s … Continue reading

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The first bicycles: Penny-farthing, high wheel, high wheeler, Man slicer, and boneshaker.

On my way back from a triathlon somewhere in western Ohio, one of those small towns near Troy or Ada immortalized by Sherwood Anderson in Winesberg, Ohio, I spotted these members of an old-time bicycle club out for a Sunday … Continue reading

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The guys behind Greg Lemond and Bernard Hinault at L’Alpe d’Huez,1986 Tour de France

Even though I don’t write about cycling much, these old Tour de France photos are among the most popular on this website. Watching the Tour on television, you feel this insane spectator activity is a little frightening. But on the … Continue reading

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Hector Camacho & Jimmy Bivens, R.I.P.

I boxed in the Golden Gloves when I was 14. My dad had taught me, and I thought I was pretty good. So I spent a summer training in an old house in Avondale, a black neighborhood in Cincinnati. The … Continue reading

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