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Publisher Comments:

"Boxing is not just fighting," writes Carlo Rotella. "It is also training and living right and preparing to go the distance in the broadest sense of the phrase, a relentless managing of self that anyone who gets truly old must learn." Rotella's Cut Time chronicles his immersion in the fight world, from the brutal classroom of the gym to the spectacle of fight night. An award-winning writer and ringside veteran, Rotella unearths the hidden wisdom in any kind of fight, from barroom brawl to HBO extravaganza.

Tracing the consequences of hurt and craft, the two central facts of boxing, Rotella reveals moving resonances between the worlds inside and outside the ropes. The brief, disastrous fistic career of one of his students pinpoints the moment when adulthood arrives; the hard-won insight of a fellow fan shows Rotella how to reckon with a car crash. Mismatches, resilience, pride, pain, and aging — Rotella's lessons from the ring extend far beyond the sport. In Cut Time, Rotella achieves the near-impossible: he makes the fight world relevant to us, whether we're fans or not.

Review:

"His carefully crafted prose...demonstrates a gift for language as well as an in-depth understanding of boxing....Rotella's essays, with their marriage of literary analysis and the hard-knocks reality of the fights, are a welcome addition to the vast library of boxing literature." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Rotella knows that for this to be a book about more than boxing, it must first be a keen, solid account of his time spent at ringside. That's admirably accomplished, and in the process he has written one of the shrewdest, least egocentric, most engaging memoirs about acquiring an education that I've read." Stuart Dybek

Review:

"A wonderful book....Cut Time is aimed at everyone, even readers who cant imagine that they could ever learn anything from men slugging it out in a ring. They can." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Rotella finds in boxing not only entertainment, but worthy and sustaining metaphors for battles outside the ring. In some of the most extraordinary passages of this thoughtful and crafted book, Rotella compares the proud struggles of old and damaged boxers to his grandmother's determined progress through her final days." Boston Globe

Review:

"Cut Time should be read not just by fight aficionados but also by fans of intelligent nonfiction writing....An absorbing read." Sports Illustrated

Review:

"Just when you think it's all been written, a good writer takes a shining new look at an old subject and breathes life into it....Rotella has preserved the blow-by-blow and the grandeur of another age but has somehow expanded the ring to include his own generation's proclivities and sensibility." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

"Boxing is not just fighting," writes Carlo Rotella. "It is also training and living right and preparing to go the distance in the broadest sense of the phrase, a relentless managing of self that anyone who gets truly old must learn." Rotella's Cut Time chronicles his immersion in the fight world, from the brutal classroom of the gym to the spectacle of fight night. An award-winning writer and ringside veteran, Rotella unearths the hidden wisdom in any kind of fight, from barroom brawl to HBO extravaganza.

Tracing the consequences of hurt and craft, the two central facts of boxing, Rotella reveals moving resonances between the worlds inside and outside the ropes. The brief, disastrous fistic career of one of his students pinpoints the moment when adulthood arrives; the hard-won insight of a fellow fan shows Rotella how to reckon with a car crash. Mismatches, resilience, pride, pain, and agingRotella's lessons from the ring extend far beyond the sport. In Cut Time, Rotella achieves the near-impossible: he makes the fight world relevant to us, whether we're fans or not.

"Cut Time should be read not just by fight aficionados but also by fans of intelligent nonfiction writing. . . . An absorbing read."Sports Illustrated

"Just when you think it's all been written, a good writer takes a shining new look at an old subject and breathes life into it. . . . Rotella has preserved the blow-by-blow and the grandeur of another age but has somehow expanded the ring to include his own generation's proclivities and sensibility."Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Carlo Rotella is professor of English and director of the American Studies Program at Boston College. He is the author of Good with Their Hands: Boxers, Bluesmen, and Other Characters from the Rust Belt and October Cities: The Redevelopment of Urban Literature. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Harper's, and the American Scholar, which named one of his boxing pieces its Best Essay of the Year. His work has also been published in The Best American Essays. Rotella was awarded the 2004 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction: At Ringside

1. Halfway

2. Cut Time

3. Mismatches

4. An Appetite for Hitting

5. Out of Order

6. The Switch

7. The Distance

8. Bidness

9. Hurt

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226725567
Author:
Rotella, Carlo
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Boxing
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Rotella, Carlo
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Boxing
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
236
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "His carefully crafted prose...demonstrates a gift for language as well as an in-depth understanding of boxing....Rotella's essays, with their marriage of literary analysis and the hard-knocks reality of the fights, are a welcome addition to the vast library of boxing literature." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Rotella knows that for this to be a book about more than boxing, it must first be a keen, solid account of his time spent at ringside. That's admirably accomplished, and in the process he has written one of the shrewdest, least egocentric, most engaging memoirs about acquiring an education that I've read."
"Review" by , "A wonderful book....Cut Time is aimed at everyone, even readers who cant imagine that they could ever learn anything from men slugging it out in a ring. They can."
"Review" by , "Rotella finds in boxing not only entertainment, but worthy and sustaining metaphors for battles outside the ring. In some of the most extraordinary passages of this thoughtful and crafted book, Rotella compares the proud struggles of old and damaged boxers to his grandmother's determined progress through her final days."
"Review" by , "Cut Time should be read not just by fight aficionados but also by fans of intelligent nonfiction writing....An absorbing read."
"Review" by , "Just when you think it's all been written, a good writer takes a shining new look at an old subject and breathes life into it....Rotella has preserved the blow-by-blow and the grandeur of another age but has somehow expanded the ring to include his own generation's proclivities and sensibility."
"Synopsis" by ,
"Boxing is not just fighting," writes Carlo Rotella. "It is also training and living right and preparing to go the distance in the broadest sense of the phrase, a relentless managing of self that anyone who gets truly old must learn." Rotella's Cut Time chronicles his immersion in the fight world, from the brutal classroom of the gym to the spectacle of fight night. An award-winning writer and ringside veteran, Rotella unearths the hidden wisdom in any kind of fight, from barroom brawl to HBO extravaganza.

Tracing the consequences of hurt and craft, the two central facts of boxing, Rotella reveals moving resonances between the worlds inside and outside the ropes. The brief, disastrous fistic career of one of his students pinpoints the moment when adulthood arrives; the hard-won insight of a fellow fan shows Rotella how to reckon with a car crash. Mismatches, resilience, pride, pain, and agingRotella's lessons from the ring extend far beyond the sport. In Cut Time, Rotella achieves the near-impossible: he makes the fight world relevant to us, whether we're fans or not.

"Cut Time should be read not just by fight aficionados but also by fans of intelligent nonfiction writing. . . . An absorbing read."Sports Illustrated

"Just when you think it's all been written, a good writer takes a shining new look at an old subject and breathes life into it. . . . Rotella has preserved the blow-by-blow and the grandeur of another age but has somehow expanded the ring to include his own generation's proclivities and sensibility."Los Angeles Times

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