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Australian Swimmers Turn To ’50 Shades of Grey’ For Relaxation

What do Olympians do to help take the edge off and cut the stress during the games? The Australian women’s swim team has been reading E.L. James‘ popular erotica novel 50 Shades of Grey, as a way to help them turn off and relax at night.

The International Business Times has more: “200m individual medley silver medalist Alicia Coutts said that she became hooked on the book after picking it at a service station when she and the 20 other members of the team traveled from their training camp in Manchester to the Athletes Village in East London.” Coutts told The Herald Sun: “Most of the swimming girls are reading Fifty Shades of Grey. We’re all talking about it.”

Before the Olympics began, Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice tweeted a photo of herself reading the book (embedded above), writing “Have heard a mixed review on the book. What’s ur opinion?? I’m just starting it #fiftyshades.” What other books would you recommend to Olympians?

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Poets Gather for Cultural Festival Before Olympics

The Olympics may be a couple of weeks away, but the festivities are already beginning in the literary world.

As part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the games’ arts and culture festival, more than 200 poets from around the world came together over the past few days for an open forum on poetry called Poetry Parnassus.

The Nicaraguan poet Gioconda Belli told The New York Times that it “widens your understanding of life and of humanity,’ and enables poets to ‘relativize what is happening’ in their own lives and country and  ’to feel part of this global chorus.’”

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