So, yes, it was an athletic feat and, yes, it was the first time anyone’s made that particular walk and, yes, we would never even dream of doing such a thing ourselves, but can we talk about the difference between art and commercePhilippe Petit had farther to fall, nothing to prevent it, and a passion that was absurdly inspiring. Nik Wallenda had a tether and a TV deal.

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