"It's really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They're right. I did some extremely foolish things; I'm the first to say it. And they've left me in jail and alone."
So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.
I'll be taking a two-week vacation, so I want to blog about the big fight before I go away. Fortunately, I'll get back just in time to see it on pay-per-view.
I love boxing. I mean I really LOVE boxing. "The sweet science" is one of my favorite sports. I subscribe to RING magazine – "the Bible of Boxing." I check the Maxboxing site frequently. I Tivo fights regularly and have bought PPV fights in the past. I've also gone to see some fights in person. I saw Mike Tyson fight twice: once when he beat Mitch "Blood" Green in Madison Square Garden (a win by lop-sided decision) and once against Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas for the heavyweight championship, and no, it wasn't the ear-biting fight. It was the first fight, which Holyfield won by TKO in the seventh round, largely owing to his repeated head butts. Which is why Tyson bit him in the second fight when Holyfield tried to do the same thing.
I have a small but choice library of books on boxing. I watch fights on Spanish language stations, even though I don't understand Spanish. I watch MMA, of all kinds and vintages. I'll just say it plainly: I like to watch two guys try to beat the crap out of each other. (And girls, too, for that matter. Have you seen Ronda Rousey?)
Watch my award-winning short film Lunch With Louie
THE VILLAGE by John Strausbaugh ... AT THE FIGHTS: American Writers on Boxing ... the new New Yorker and the new New York Review of Books
lots of Natalie Dessay ... Howard Stern and Thom Hartmann ... lots of JOHNNIE TAYLOR ... Steve Earle's "Hardcore Troubadour" show ... too much Pandora (the Puccini station, the George Strait station, the Frank Sinatra station, the Gregorian chant station)
TCM ... HBO documentaries (the Scientology and the Frankie -- Gibney's on a roll) ... Maury Povich DNA shows...NBA basketball (still looks like it's going to be the Warriors vs. the Cavs in the finals) ... and STILL NO DODGERS!