Books: Jotters' World

Publishers on a long-distance relay

Next to listening to someone describing his most recent operation, perhaps nothing is more boring than hearing a runner discuss 1) his daily mileage, 2) the differences between Adidas running shoes and Nikes, 3) the arcana of training diets and carbohydrate loading or 4) all of the above. Unless, of course, it is reading books written by runners, some of whom seem convinced that something as simple as placing one foot in front of the other for a few miles a day really requires some metaphysical—as opposed to metatarsal—underpinnings....

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