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Writers' Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists Paperback – May, 1983


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John Schulian, who has had two careers as a writer, one in newspapers, the other in Hollywood, was born in Los Angeles in 1945 and reared there and in Salt Lake City. Before establishing himself as a nationally-syndicated sports columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times, he was a copy editor at the Salt Lake Tribune, a cityside reporter and pop music columnist at the Baltimore Evening Sun, and a sports writer at the Washington Post. He moved to Chicago in 1977 as a sports columnist at that city's Daily News. When the paper folded 13 months later, he shifted to the Sun-Times, where he won a National Headliner Award in 1979, was regularly in included in E.P. Dutton's annual "Best Sports Stories" anthology, and published a highly-regarded collection of his boxing writing, "Writers' Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists." Rupert Murdoch purchased the Sun-Times in 1984 and Schulian left less than six months later after a dust-up with one of Murdoch's editors. He landed at the Philadelphia Daily News long enough to win the 1985 Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism, and then took off for Hollywood at the invitation of Steven Bochco, creator of "Hill Street Blues." Schulian broke into TV with an "L.A. Law" script and moved on to work on the writing staffs of "Miami Vice," "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story," and "Wiseguy." He was a writer-producer on "Midnight Caller," "Reasonable Doubts," and "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" before he struck gold as a co-creator of "Xena: Warrior Princess," which became, for a while, the world's foremost syndicated TV series. Schulian later wrote and produced such series as "JAG," "Outer Limits," and "Tremors" while keeping his hand in the printed word. A collection of his baseball writing, "Twilight of the Long-ball Gods," was published in 2005, and he has written for Sports Illustrated, GQ, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Oxford American, Inside Sports, Sport, Playboy, and msnbc.com. His journalism has been anthologized in "The Best American Sports Writing," "Reading the Fights," "Sports Illustrated's 50 Years of Great Writing," and "Sports Illustrated's Great Football Writing." He has also had short stories published in the Prague Revue and on thuglit.com. Schulian is the editor of "The John Lardner Reader" and co-editor, with George Kimball, of two anthologies, "The Fighter Still Remains: A Celebration of Boxing in Poetry and Song from Ali to Zevon" and "At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing," the latter due from Library of America in Spring 2011. A general collection of Schulian's sportswriting, "Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand," is tentatively scheduled for publication in Fall 2011.

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