Boxing Bootcamp Day 7

So I've been rereading some material about/by George Plimpton, the famous (and dead) participatory journalist who, in addition to founding The Paris Review, also made a career of practicing “the singular art of narrating panic.” In regard to personal essays, I'm generally more familiar and drawn toward authors who discuss the effects of drugs (or war) on their bodies, but I figure it might not be a bad idea to consider some of Plimpton's grander failed accomplishments — sparring three rounds with Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson; losing badly in a tennis match with Pancho Gonzales; pitching to Willie Mays; et cetera — before admitting that I'm really glad I'm not going to fight a professional boxer when all this is done.

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