On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates

» Posted on May 10, 2018

Okay, I’m lying a just a little bit. I’m not currently reading this book, because it is so short and I devoured it last week. What a beautiful and thoughtful ode to the sport of boxing! Or, as Joyce Carol Oates observes, boxing is not a sport. Other sports, like baseball and football, are played. Nobody plays at boxing. Each match is a mutual, brutal attempt to hurt one’s opponent and cause enough brain damage that they drop.
On Boxing
This sounds terrible, and Oates does not lie: boxing is terrible. Yet she also shows how it can be elusive and wistful, moving and heartbreaking, and exultant. This is among the best books I have ever read. It takes only a few hours to read, but I will think about it forever.

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