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All you gotta do in life is live,
This review is from: Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking (Hardcover)
There's no magic or intrigue to the fight business, you just think there is. And you think you're such a pacifist at heart that there's nothing about this book that you could possibly relate to or approve of. You are a liar. Eugene S. Robinson isn't the patron saint of those who like or permit themselves to engage in physical battles, he's a journalist or rather a curator of something very real and very essential to keep us breathing. I've never been in anything other than a vicious verbal fight, have the cardiovascular endurance of a coat rack and the structural integrity of most plastic grocery bags. Notwithstanding, l love fighting, I want to fight, and I think this book, more importantly the author, doesn't give a sh#* if I do anything but quit denying it. So, my suggestion is that you quit denying yourself the serenity of a good plunge into the infinite human arsenal and read up on this thing that makes you go hmmmm....
A book can only hurt you if you haven't read it. If you haven't already been hurt by something in life, either your dead, lucky, or dumb. My favorite excerpt explains the learning curve required to embracing the logic of the fight. After successive poor performance in some building block of mma Robinson mandates the only thing that matters is getting `the head trip, the skull game' encoded in your dna, bone marrow, sperm, whatever gives you purpose. He defines this as "it: that another man was better than me in anything, much less a combat art that had as its sine qua non the singular quality of will" (82). That grey area of maturing while rotting character that stays with you while you attempt to nurture a gentle heart, a peaceable spirit needs (like myself) to be honestly and intelligently submitted to the organic/orgasmic animal that we are. If I could urge anyone to read this book, buy it, sit in a chair next to a lamp in the territory you claim is yours, and savor it slowly, it would be politicians and the people who believe intractably that peace is more desirable than war. Oh, and those who only learn something to profit by it. I am grateful that fighters are able and willing to be beaten and shed some blood to keep this world a little more stable and stave off crisis. We are meant to be broken, this book will show you how to endure it with style.