Cut Time by Carlo Rotella
An Education at the Fights

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Carlo Rotella, an award-winning writer and ringside veteran, unearths the hard wisdom in any kind of fight, from barroom dustup to HBO extravaganza. He vividly describes the tough choices and subtle pleasures that come the way of every fighter, from perennial underdogs on the tank-town circuit to the one-time heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, who still spars to retching exhaustion daily.
Rotella uncovers the often startling light that boxing sheds on the world beyond the ring. A college student's brief fistic career pinpoints the moment when adulthood arrives. The serenity of a fellow fan shows Rotella how to process the trauma of a car crash. The persistence of a wizened ex-champion reminds him of his grandmother and helps him accept her death. Throughout, Rotella achieves moving resonances between the worlds inside and outside the ropes.
He also tackles fascinating questions that have gone largely unexplored until now: How do boxers endure the brutal punishment that is the sport's essence? And why do they come back for more, again and again? As Rotella traces his immersion in the fight world, he achieves what few other writers in that world have: he makes it relevant to us, whether we're fans or not.
 

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Carlo Rotella 's writing has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine , DoubleTake , Harper's , and The American Scholar , which named one of his boxing pieces Best Essay of the Year. His work also has been published in The Best American Essays . He teaches English at Boston College.
 
Published August 5, 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 239 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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“Mastering the craft means fashioning a style that takes maximum advantage of one’s root capacity for hitting and minimizes the necessity of taking advantage of one’s root capacity for being hit.” Being hit results in being like the fellow whose eye “resembled some kind of meat custard with a bla...

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