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At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing

At the Fights American Writers on Boxing American writers have always been fascinated by the ring by the primal contest inside the ropes and the crazy carnival world outside them From back alley gyms and smoke filled arenas to star studded c

  • Title: At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing
  • Author: George Kimball John Schulian Colum McCann
  • ISBN: 9781598530926
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
  • American writers have always been fascinated by the ring by the primal contest inside the ropes and the crazy carnival world outside them From back alley gyms and smoke filled arenas to star studded casinos and exotic locales, they have chronicled unforgettable stories about determination and dissipation, great champions and punch drunk has beens, colorful entourages andAmerican writers have always been fascinated by the ring by the primal contest inside the ropes and the crazy carnival world outside them From back alley gyms and smoke filled arenas to star studded casinos and exotic locales, they have chronicled unforgettable stories about determination and dissipation, great champions and punch drunk has beens, colorful entourages and outrageous promoters, and, inevitably along the way, have written incisively about race, class, and spectacle in America Like baseball, boxing has a vivid culture and language all its own, one that has proven irresistible to career sportswriters and literary essayists alike.This gritty and glittering anthology gathers a century of the very best writing about the fights Here are Jack London on the immortal Jack Johnson H L Mencken and Irvin S Cobb on Jack Dempsey vs Georges Carpentier, the first Fight of the Century that captivated the world in the 1920s Richard Wright on Joe Louis s historic first round knockout of Max Schmeling A J Liebling s brilliantly comic portrait of a manager who really identifies with his fighter Jimmy Cannon on Archie Moore, the greatest fighter of the 1950s James Baldwin and Gay Talese on Floyd Patterson s epic tilt with Sonny Liston George Plimpton on Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X Norman Mailer on the Rumble in the Jungle Mark Kram on the Thrilla in Manila Pete Hamill on legendary trainer and manager Cus D Amato Mark Kriegel on Oscar De la Hoya and David Remnick and Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson National Book Award winning novelist Colum McCann Let the Great World Spin offers a foreword.

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    1. Nostalgia is an alluring thing, perhaps never more in vogue than today (Mad Men; Instagram's instant feel of vintage without the pesky trouble of waiting years or decades to develop such yearning; authors, songwriters, filmmakers and others casting their minds back towards childhood; etc.). But it's a tricky sensation, this romanticization of the past. I adored At The Fights as a reading experience, as a document of boxing history, and as a reminder of sorts of when long form, literate, erudite, [...]

    2. Superb collection of 20th Century writing on American boxing. There are the big hitters here (Norman Mailer), and a host of lesser known but equally gifted journalists. The styles range from 50s noir, to reportage, to hard bitten gumshoe style - all very atmospheric. A fascinating portrait of the art of boxing, it's greatest proponents, forgotten heroes, and of America's social history. Recommended

    3. Bound: Fighting WordsSunPost Weekly May 12, 2011 | John Hood bit/inKfqsThe Black and White of the Black and Blue and BloodyBoxing may not be the glory sport it once was back in its heyday — and if last weekend’s Manny Pacquiao/Shane Mosley bout was any indication, it’s not gonna be either. But at its best, and its brightest, there’s something brutally beautiful about the sweet science. No one knows this better than those who throw words around for a living, who find in the fistic not jus [...]

    4. Although I am not in any sense a boxing fan, I found this anthology highly interesting. Many of America's best writers, not just sportswriters, have been drawn to the fight game. The colorful characters, many of whom never show up in the ring, the courage of fighters who face possible death whenever they step over the ropes, and the ebb and flow of the fights themselves carry an inherent fascination that overcomes, at least for a time, the moral problems related to this sport. Although most of t [...]

    5. I would recommend this book because it doesn't only cover fights, it also covers story's on famous boxers and their careers. I honestly would recommend this book to anyone even if they don't like boxing because some of the story's on where the boxers come from is very interesting and the book tells you what the boxers are like out of the ring. The plot of the book is about boxing and how the sport went through corruption and how it got popular. The plot is also about how boxers and their careers [...]

    6. 'In his introduction to At the Fights, the Library of America’s new collection of boxing writing, novelist Colum McCann suggests that boxing and writing “become metaphors for each other—the ring, the page; the punch, the word; the choreography, the keyboard; the feint, the suggestion; the bucket, the wastebasket; the sweat, the edit; the pretender, the critic; the bell, the deadline.” McCann should probably be ticketed for hyperbole, but he understands the sport’s central appeal for wr [...]

    7. I appreciated the book's focus on a wide range of eras and weight classes. It starts off with Jack London's coverage of Jack Johnson's fight with the Great White Hope and takes us all the way through to Tyson and de la Hoya. While enjoying the breadth of material, I felt that the essays/short stories that were selected could have been, on average, of much higher quality. Some are very good and others took forever to slog through, even though no piece probably extends beyond 20 pages or so. If yo [...]

    8. This is a collection of essays about boxing from the turn of the century to today. What is most striking is how much has been lost by the shrinkage of newspapers. The level or writing that existed in sports columns is remarkable and it has simply been lost in all but a few papers. But the greatness is captured in these pages and it brings the boxing and the characters, in all their glory, in to sharp focus. I loved this book. Highly recommend it for anyone who has the least interest in boxing.

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