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The day was beautiful and it seemed to him that a long swim might enlarge and celebrate its beauty.¬†He took off a sweater that was hung over his shoulders and dove in. He had an inexplicable contempt for men who did not hurl themselves into pools.”

From “The Swimmer” by John Cheever, originally¬†published in The New Yorker, July 18, 1964.

Photo: Shot by Silver Birch at rooftop pool, Koreatown, Los Angeles