The Best American Essays - The Attentive Mind: Turning Point, The Stunt Pilot, and Spring Summary & Analysis

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Turning Point by Rudolph Chelminski: Chelminski is a journalist who interviewed Philippe Petit, a French man who became famous for tightrope walking between the towers of the World Trade Center in the 1970s. Petit had been fascinated by tightrope walking as a performance art since his youth and had enjoyed some mild fame for tightrope walking between the towers of Notre Dame in Paris. He loved the physical challenge presented by these acts, but there was a deeper significance: He was trying to make a statement with his acts. He wanted to expand the boundaries of art by creating art in a way no one had ever imagined before. Though he could have made himself a millionaire with performances, books, and endorsements, Petit was truly interested in...

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