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On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates

On Boxing

by Joyce Carol Oates

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To state the obvious, few women write about boxing. Joyce Carol Oates penned this meditation on the sport, and it's a well written essay. While she explores the reason for the sport's appeal I was surprized to discover she doesn't like to watch fights until they are over, and she knows who's going to win! To me, this rather misses the point. The historian in me understands, but the primate in me enjoys experiencing the uncertainty, and the excitement. Well a person should read it, as it's well done. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Dec 5, 2013 |
im not a boxer, but i love watching it and i love even more reading about it. this book was excellent.
i read it slowly (it was before i had a child) and savored every story she chose to include. i even gave it to my boyfriend after i finished, something i never do, because i have a bad habit of treating the books i buy like they are treasures that no one else should touch with their dirty hands.
its also eye-opening to have an author that is a viewer in the sport, that is also a woman writing about boxing. or maybe i just like joyce carol oates... ( )
  amandapants | Oct 8, 2010 |
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Yes, the same Joyce Carol Oates who packs one of the most lethal punches in American literature also happens to be an astute observer of the sweet science. Oates filters her knockout collection of essays through multifaceted prisms of art, history, sexuality, and politics to directly confront and explore boxing's physical and commercial brutality, but also the sense of human struggle and survival that's at boxing's purest core. "In the boxing ring," she writes, "man is in extremis, performing an atavistic rite ... for the mysterious solace of those who can participate only vicariously in such drama: the drama of life in the flesh. Boxing has become America's tragic theater." And from her ringside perspective, Oates, a true heavyweight of letters, analyzes the performances just brilliantly.

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