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"When I went one Sunday afternoon to the lifting platform on Venice Beach, Dave looked at me, the new..."

“When I went one Sunday afternoon to the lifting platform on Venice Beach, Dave looked at me, the new kid, and challenged me to match him in the front squat. I could not decline the challenge; this would have branded me a weakling or a coward. I said, “Fine!” in what was meant to be a strong, confident voice but came out as a feeble croak. I matched him pound for pound, up to 500, but thought I was finished when he went from 500 to 550. To my surprise—I had hardly ever done front squats before—I matched him. Dave said that was his limit, but I, with a vain-glorious impulse, asked for 575. I did this—just—though I had a feeling my eyes were bulging and wondered fearfully about the blood pressure in my head. After this, I was accepted on Muscle Beach and given the nickname Dr. Squat.”

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Famed neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, AKA Dr. Squat. Did you know he used to hang out at Muscle Beach?

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(via sciencefriday)

moma: Rachel Harrison: Perth Amboy | MoMA“The passageways...
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Rachel Harrison: Perth Amboy | MoMA

“The passageways conceal clever little sculptural assemblages of objects found and made, high and low: a ceramic figurine of a Chinese scholar, gazing at an ersatz scholar’s rock, atop a peeling shrink-wrapped pedestal; a can of La Morena salsa in flirtatious dialogue with a postcard-size reproduction of a 17th-century Flemish painting; and a surprise at the end that’s too good to spoil here.“–The New York Times

Last chance! Rachel Harrison’s room-sized installation Perth Amboy closes Monday, September 5. 

[Installation view of Rachel Harrison: Perth Amboy. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 19–September 5, 2016. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Gretchen Scott]

(via Rachel Harrison: Perth Amboy | MoMA)

Your Stories of Voting in Sandy's Aftermath

This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of Sandy, which hit just before the 2012 election. We asked listeners to share their stories of heading to the polls in a disaster zone. 

@WNYC remember waiting about 2 hours to vote because of the lines but voting itself was relatively quick / easy

— jenna rosen (@jennarosen) October 26, 2016

.@WNYC 2012's the only election I've missed since turning 18. Was doing emergency response w/ @HumaneSociety @nycoem https://t.co/xLV33dwpeR

— Patrick Kwan (@PatrickKwan) October 27, 2016

@WNYC you asked about voting? I took a break from throwing out all my worldly possessions to vote in 2012. https://t.co/POkvzuWpZz

— MJfromBuffalo (@mjfrombuffalo) October 27, 2016

@WNYC yes, I voted near Columbus circle. We had no damage from the storm, area was quiet but no lines at my polling place.

— Champian Fulton (@ChampianFulton) October 27, 2016

@WNYC We didn't power, but our polling place did. So it was normal, tho I lingered a while after voting in order to enjoy the heat!

— Mike Onorato (@YankeeClipper09) October 27, 2016

@WNYC yep, no power at home and I think the polling station was run by generators....I'm a naturalized citizen....nothing would stop me

— Bernie Cunningham (@Runbernie) October 27, 2016
humansofnewyork: “I grew up in the suburbs. I used to think...
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“I grew up in the suburbs. I used to think that I could write a prescription for a poor man: ‘Get a job, save your money, pull yourself up by the bootstraps.’ I don’t believe that anymore. I was ignorant to the experiences of poor people. I’d invite anyone to come and meet the people who live in this neighborhood. Right now we are surrounded by working poor people. These are the people who sell your tools at Sears, and fix your roofs, and take care of your parents, and mow your lawns, and serve your meals. They’re not getting a living wage. There’s no money left to save. There’s nothing left if they get sick. Nothing left if their car breaks down. And God forbid they make a mistake, because there’s nothing left to pay fines or fees. When you’re down here, the system will continue to kick dirt in your face. You can’t pull yourself up when there’s nothing to grab onto. We aren’t paying our brothers and sisters enough to live. We want them to serve us, but we aren’t serving them.”

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