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Divided

Before Obama took office in January 2009, 46% of the American public described the nation as politically divided. Today, on Trump’s inauguration, this same poll reveals the number is at 86%. (pewresearch.org)

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Installing the lane dividers for the lunch lap swim,
West End Y

Crawl

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If you can’t fly then run
If you can’t run then walk
If you can’t walk then crawl
But whatever you do
You have to keep moving forward
-MLK Jr.

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Toronto Central Grosvenor Street YMCA

Tread

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This was a very enjoyable swim.
Cooper Koo YMCA

Stroke

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Ramada Plaza

DISASTER DRAWS PEOPLE LIKE FLIES.
SPECTATORS GET CHILLS BY IDENTIFYING
WITH THE VICTIMS, FEELING IMMUNE ALL
THE WHILE! THIS IS A PARTICULARLY
UNATTRACTIVE FORM OF VOYEURISM.
THE DETACHED AND ALIENATED DWELL
ON DISASTER; THEY RECEIVE THEIR
QUOTA OF STIMULATION THIS WAY.
THEY AREN’T SYMPATHETIC, JUST BORED.
THEY ANALYZE THE LATEST MASS MURDER,
THEY’RE MAUDLIN OVER STARVING BABIES,
THEY FIND IMAGES OF TERROR AND
REVOLUTION COMPELLING. THEY ADORE
PATHOS. THEY CONGRATULATE
THEMSELVES ON THEIR AWARENESS AND
THEIR STRONG STOMACHS. A LITTLE
REALITY THERAPY WOULD PUT THESE
DILETTANTES TO FLIGHT. ALL THE
“PITIFUL” AND “ENGAGING” PHENOMENA
ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO COME HOME.

Jenny Holzer
Untitled (DISASTER DRAWS PEOPLE LIKE FLIES.)
Inflammatory Essays, 1979/82

Spool

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Madison Centre

 

Lapse

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Atria Complex, Scarborough

(2017: visit as many pools as possible)