He’s a Writer AND a Fighter

Me & Sam

 

Back on January 30, despite school being closed due to the lovely weather we’re been having here in the South Bend area (or “The SB” as Ernie and I call it) , the English Department went ahead with the planned visit by Sam Sheridan, author of this book:

Yeah, that’s him and his blood on the cover. We read the book for my Creative Non-Fiction class, and through various connections, we were able to get him to visit from his home in LA. It’s a pretty good read, but it was interesting to hear from Sam how there are parts he would love to rework. Goes to show that even if something is published–doesn’t necessarily mean it’s finished.

The week before the reading, my class discussed his more journalistic approach and the distance that sometimes entails. I appreciated that element, but of course still enjoyed the more personal sections. He got in the ring and wrote about the life, the people, the business, etc. He frighteningly covers dog & cockfighting in Asia, and waxes philosophical about masculinity, aggression, etc.

He was really cool and talked some about the writing and publishing, but also a lot about fighting. He also brought along one of his MMA (mixed martial arts) buddies, Rory, who’s 14-4 I think. You can tell he’s been beat up a few times.

So, um, dig the pic of me and Sam? He was like We have to do a fighting pose. Either a fist or the index finger. See how butch I’m trying to be? Ernie was like, You look so SMALL next to him. Seriously, his hands are as big as my head.

My prof, Kelcey, mused some in the following week’s class about fighters and writers, and how Sam’s discussion of the training–physical, mental, spiritual–could be paralleled with a writer’s life. I dig that. I’d like to think this whole grad school thing is a part of all that. šŸ™‚

So when I get overwhelmed and discouraged, I should just picture myself in the ring and think either Do it! Or look like the cover of Sam’s book….

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3 comments

  1. I just finshed A Fighter’s Heart myself and it is the best book I have read in a very, very long time and on my top 10 list of the many thousands of books I’ve read over my lifetime. I have had a decent amount of experience fighting, boxing for the most part over my life and do love the sport but that is not the entire reason or even the main reason I loved this book which even suprised me. I loved the book for the very clear and concise way it was written as well as the very visual nature it was written so that I could really see and understand what Mr. Sheridan wrote about and all the palces he traveled.
    The fighter in me loved the way he researched and tackled from all angles so many questions and observations that fighters and fight fans ask about, argue over and discuss regularly and for the first time in so long I felt like someone finally figured out many of these things. I particularly loved the last chapter and I wonder if that is one of the chapters that Mr. Sheridan feels like he would rewrite some now if he could?
    In any event I would have loved being able to be present when he came to visit South Bend as I would have liked to have heard what he has to say as well as ask him a few questions myself.

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