Narcissus, ca. 1594-96; oil on canvas, 110 × 92 cm (43.3 × 36.2 in), Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica  

As she waded ashore through the surf at Key West on Labor Day, the sixty-four-year-old endurance swimmer Diana Nyad said to a crowd of bystanders and waiting reporters who had gathered there: “I have three messages. One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.” Well, it certainly is a team—thirty-five members strong, according to The New York Times, not counting the one who...


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