WALT WHITMAN, EXERCISE GURU

Last summer, a University of Houston graduate student named Zachary Turpin—no doubt a pale, weak-limbed bookworm himself—was having his own kind of fun burning the midnight oil while searching nineteenth-century newspaper databases for pen names his literary hero Walt Whitman is known to have used (“It’s a kind of sickness,” Turpin …

WALK, DON’T RUN TO SEE THIS FLICK

An oldie-but-kind-of-goodie running movie Since it doesn’t seem to be on Netflix, you will have to head back in time to your local Blockbuster video store and pick up a VHS of this 1966 track-and-field themed rom-com. Set at the 1964 Tokyo summer Olympics, it concerns a housing shortage brought …