The Swimming Pool Library

When I quit my full-time job in July, I decided to resituate myself by swimming in as many outdoor public pools as I could physically take. The city of Toronto hosts a constellation of fifty-eight outdoor pools—fifty-seven currently swimmable—so I didn’t lack for water, and being newly unemployed, for time. This wasn’t about discovering the biggest or best in the city. Rather, I was inclined to find a path in them, so that I could feel as if I were, dear lord, going somewhere. As in John Cheever’s short story ‘The Swimmer,’ I assigned myself the task of swimming home, moving through the neighborhoods and communities that, side by side, would bring me back to myself.”

Naomi Skwarna – Hazlitt – August 2019

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