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Gerald Marzorati, the longtime editor of New York Times Magazine, recalls the “personal, emotionally complicated narrative of [his] childhood experiences of games and sports”. He played a brief season of football, resulting in a concussion. Then he tried baseball, only to end up with a leg injury. His basketball experience with a riot following an unexpected win left him with a lifelong impression that winning in a game has negative consequences. In college he began running, then later he used a rowing machine or he bicycled to reduce stress and keep fit but he did not play any sports.

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