This is a very important work of literature and merits serious study by scholars for centuries to come.
@Onymous Just wanted to say that, as a former boxing trainer who had several female students, I discouraged them from thinking of boxing as self defense or believing that, if threatened physically, they should rely upon what I taught them.
Boxing is a craft. It is occurs in a confined space, under a specific set of rules, which include which parts of the body can strike and be struck. That in no way mimics the reality of an attack. There may be elements of boxing involved in practical self defense, but the two are not equivalent.
I love boxing. I think it's great for fitness and, like anything that requires dedication, focus and study, can be really rewarding. But if you wish to learn to defend yourself, I imagine classes explicitly aimed at such things are the way to go.
These are both really wonderful.
One of my instructors repeatedly asks women of a certain body type if they used to be "athletic, like a wrestler," which personally is not something I would say to a woman. Although there's nothing specifically yoga-y about that particular brand of tone-deafness.
She also calls me "Ricky Ricardo," presumably cause I'm Latin and she can't remember my name but, eh, I don't mind.
Wow. I thought my fellas and I had a lot to say about the ladies on Game of Thrones, but I'm not sure we could approach anywhere near this level of depth or intensity.
I also like how he sneaks in the fact that he paid for his son's college tuition like he's fucking Dad of the Year. I'm not sure I've ever read a more self-congratulatory addiction confessional.
@bananab0at I mean, yes, you're right, in regards to his personal sexual whatnot. But in my experience well cut suits are an express train to "boner town," as you say. Leather pants, not so much.
Of all the reactions I'm having to this piece, this is the shallowest, but I've got to admit: I'm less offended by the amount of money he spent than the god awful clothing he spent it on. He couldn't have dropped $500,000 on Savile Row?
I'm not certain the stranger who said "You don't give a fuck" meant that as the compliment Bissinger took it to be.