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Peripherally Olympic

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Full of history and intrigue, here’s some suggested peripheral reading to accompany the beloved games:

Over at The New Inquiry, native Londoner Laurie Penny agrees to ride the Underground for a full day, then writes about the forgotten history, ghost architecture, police brutality, and socioeconomic warfare that haunt the city’s Tube lines amidst newfound Olympic prestige.

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Olympic Poetics

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“It’s easy to say poets are attracted to sport for reasons that have something to do with form. I’m sure that’s true, but I also think that it has something to do with the possibility of failure and, in the case of many Olympic sports, the fact that nobody really watches what you do most of the time .

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Pre-Olympic Pre-Emptive Strikes

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London authorities are bent on making sure that the Olympics Games will proceed without a hitch.

Their strategies include arresting people who they think may pose a threat to that smoothness, in advance, before any crimes are committed. Four men, aged between 18 and 38, have been arrested “on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage” and “on suspicion of incitement to commit criminal damage,” according to The Guardian.

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