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For Love of the Game; A Dancer's Spirit

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Pearl Primus was deeply influenced by a trip to West Africa in 1948, according to a new biography. Martha Graham once told her she had the strength of a panther and didn't need instruction to create her own choreography.
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"Chess gets ahold of some people, like a virus or a drug," says Robert Desjarlais in Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard (University of California Press). "Just as the chemical properties of heroin directly and immediately affect the...

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