Ted pored over years鈥?worth of Barefoot Ken Bob鈥檚 archives. He discovered that Leonardo daVinci considered the human foot, with its fantastic weight-suspension system comprising onequarter of all the bones in the human body, 鈥渁 masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.鈥?Helearned about Abebe Bikila鈥攖he Ethiopian marathoner who ran barefoot over the cobblestones ofRome to win the 1960 Olympic marathon鈥攁nd about Charlie Robbins, M.D., a lone voice in themedical wilderness who ran barefoot and argued that marathons won鈥檛 hurt you, but shoes sure asshooting will. A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHORChristopher McDougall is a former war correspondent for The Associated Press and now acontributing editor for Men鈥檚 Health. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he haswritten for Esquire and The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Girl Trouble, based onhis reporting for The Times. He does his own running among the Amish farms around his home inrural Pennsylvania. 北京赛车出特时间表 A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHORChristopher McDougall is a former war correspondent for The Associated Press and now acontributing editor for Men鈥檚 Health. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he haswritten for Esquire and The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Girl Trouble, based onhis reporting for The Times. He does his own running among the Amish farms around his home inrural Pennsylvania. But though these exercises in history were never a compulsory lesson, there was another kind of composition which was so, namely, writing verses, and it was one of the most disagreeable of my tasks. Greek and Latin verses I did not write, nor learnt the prosody of those languages. My father, thinking this not worth the time it required, contented himself with making me read aloud to him, and correcting false quantities. I never composed at all in Greek, even in prose, and but little in Latin. Not that my father could be indifferent to the value of this practice, in giving a thorough knowledge of those languages, but because there really was not time for it. The verses I was required to write were English. When I first read Pope's Homer, I ambitiously attempted to compose something of the same kind, and achieved as much as one book of a continuation of the Iliad. There, probably, the spontaneous promptings of my poetical ambition would have stopped; but the exercise, begun from choice, was continued by command. Conformably to my father's usual practice of explaining to me, as far as possible, the reasons for what he required me to do, he gave me, for this, as I well remember, two reasons highly characteristic of him: one was, that some things could be expressed better and more forcibly in verse than in prose: this, he said, was a real advantage. The other was, that people in general attached more value to verse than it deserved, and the power of writing it, was, on this account, worth acquiring. He generally left me to choose my own subject, which, as far as I remember, were mostly addresses to some mythological personage or allegorical abstractions; but he made me translate into English verse many of Horace's shorter poems: I also remember his giving me Thomson's "Winter" to read, and afterwards making me attempt (without book) to write something myself on the same subject. The verses I wrote were, of course, the merest rubbish, nor did I ever attain any facility of versification, but the practice may have been useful in making it easier for me, at a later period, to acquire readiness of expression.1 I had read, up to this time, very little English poetry, Shakespeare my father had put into my hands, chiefly for the sake of the historical plays, from which, however, I went on to the others. My father never was a great admirer of Shakespeare, the English idolatry of whom he used to attack with some severity. He cared little for any English poetry except Milton (for whom he had the highest admiration), Goldsmith, Burns, and Gray's Bard, which he preferred to his Elegy: perhaps I may add Cowper and Beattie. He had some value for Spenser, and I remember his reading to me (unlike his usual practice of making me read to him), the first book of the Fairie Queene; but I took little pleasure in it. The poetry of the present century he saw scarcely any merit in, and I hardly became acquainted with any of it till I was grown up to manhood, except the metrical romances of Walter Scott, which I read at his recommendation and was intensely delighted with; as I always was with animated narrative. Dryden's Poems were among my father's books, and many of these he made me read, but I never cared for any of them except Alexander's Feast, which, as well as many of the songs in Walter Scott, I used to sing internally, to a music of my own: to some of the latter, indeed, I went so far as to compose airs, which I still remember. Cowper's short poems I read with some pleasure, but never got far into the longer ones; and nothing in the two volumes interested me like the prose account of his three hares. In my thirteenth year I met with Campbell's Poems, among which Lochiel, Hohenlinden, the Exile of Erin, and some others, gave me sensations I had never before experienced from poetry. Here, too, I made nothing of the longer poems, except the striking opening of Gertrude of Wyoming, which long kept it place in my feelings as the perfection of pathos. How the gangly geek known as 鈥淛erker鈥?became an ultra star still baffles those who knew himgrowing up back in Proctor, Minnesota. 鈥淲e harassed the crap out of him,鈥?said Dusty Olson,Proctor鈥檚 star jock when he and Scott were teenagers. During cross-country runs, Dusty and hisbuddies would pelt Scott with mud and take off. 鈥淗e could never catch up,鈥?Dusty said. 鈥淣o onecould understand why he was so slow, because Jerker trained harder than anyone.鈥? Privately, David Carrier knew the Running Man theory had a fatal flaw. The secret gnawed until itnearly turned him into a killer. The flesh about my body felt soft and relaxed, like an experiment in functional background music. We parted from Leslie and Doyle, and as we went up-town again I could not help remarking that somehow the apparent effort of Shattuck to hamper us was suspicious. Kennedy said very little, but when we got off at the station on the Subway just before our own, I saw that he was not yet through. A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHORChristopher McDougall is a former war correspondent for The Associated Press and now acontributing editor for Men鈥檚 Health. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he haswritten for Esquire and The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Girl Trouble, based onhis reporting for The Times. He does his own running among the Amish farms around his home inrural Pennsylvania. It was not so with Kennedy. For a moment he paused, as though checking a first remark; then he spoke in the same measured and considered tones as at the start.