Jessica Dubroff: FLY TILL I DIE

A LITTLE GIRL HAD A CRUSH ON PLANES. HER DAD SET HIS SIGHTS ON SUDDEN FAME. WHO HAD THE SENSE TO STOP THEM?

Daedalus warned his son Icarus not to fly too high, or the sun would melt his waxen wings. But the boy, intoxicated with flight, soared above his cautious father. In the clear blue sky, the warmth of the sun dissolved his delicate wings, causing him to plunge to his death in the green sea below. The myth of Icarus is used to illustrate the ancient Greek word hubris, a term for the overweening human pride and vanity that often result in tragedy.

Jessica Dubroff's wings may have been frosted with ice, and she had no joy of flight on her last...

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