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Baring it all, for art

It is so, so tempting to dismiss “The Body Issue” from ESPN The Magazine as either a lame attempt to compete with Sport’s Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, or just so much voyeurism, or both.

The clock is already running on which librarian in which city declares the whole thing an abhorrent shock to the system, and orders it banned.

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Sydney: still the best-ever

The night that Cathy Freeman won the 400 at the Sydney Olympics, some 118,000 people jammed into Olympic Stadium. Down on the field, she would later say, the sound and light and noise was almost overwhelming. So, too, the expectation. She said it was like trying to get your bearings and finding yourself in electric jello.

Just off the track, in a VIP box near the finish line, the chief organizer of those 2000 Sydney Games, Michael Knight, was sharing the evening with a number of influential aboriginal activists, among them Lyall Munro, a campaigner for aboriginal rights since the 1960s.