"If as it is often said, you can't win, it is perhaps because when you do you have so much to lose. The Queen of the Kumquat festival has her season, Mr. Universe is only as famous as he is anonymous. Miss No-Cal will get fatter and the Olympic record will be surpassed. The Sweepstakes Winner is everybody's mark, the Top Box Office attraction becomes less so, the Freckle King grows up and the champion gets to be the fall guy. To put it gloomily, winning could be called the mark of Abel. It would be beautiful to photograph the winners of everything from Nobel to booby prize, clutching trophy, or money or certificate, solemn or smiling or tear stained or bloody, on the precarious pinnacle of the human landscape." ---Diane Arbus, from her notebooks.
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