In a college dorm, in a prison, in a marriage
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Jane Bernstein is the author of five books, including the memoirs Bereft: A Sister’s Story and Rachel in the World. Her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, VICE, and Poets & Writers. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.
Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon. She wasn’t looking to make history; she only wanted to run. But in 1967 the marathon was closed to women. So she entered as “K.V. Switzer” and ran in disguise for four miles until the race director, Jock Semple, jumped off the press truck and shouted, “Get the hell out of my race!” The picture of him trying to rip the number off her chest made headlines.
Of all the things Greenfeld said, the word that resonates most when I ponder the question of regret is kittenness. “It’s hard when they lose their kittenness,” he said.