You’ll remember from Jake’s ass-licking post a few days back that we had author Matthew Polly follow us around for UFC83 weekend. He’s writing a book on MMA and thought it would be interesting to see what the deal was with us. I still have no idea how we’re going to fit into his work (“And then we drank some more” pretty much sums up the entire experience), but who cares: there’s nothing cooler than having a Rhodes scholar and bestselling author come hang out and act like YOU are the interesting person in the equation.
Actually, the whole thing has been kinda intimidating. It’s much easier to float along and throw out blogs when you’re doing it under the context of being the resident potty mouth village idiot of MMA. Once authors and intelligentsia and other ‘important people’ start telling you that your work is exceptionally written, witty, and astute, you start to sweat a bit every time you open WordPress. Is this post exceptionally written? Am I being witty this time?? Oh my god, I can’t stop sucking!
Anyways, don’t mind my neurotic head games. This post is supposed to be about Matt’s last book, American Shaolin. I’ve been all over the place with my sleep schedule lately, and it’s all American Shaolin’s fault. My routine has always been to read a book in bed while I wind down for sleep, which works really well when you’re reading boring shit on the history of LSD or medieval architecture. Not so much with American Shaolin … the past few evenings have been all nighters and I worked through the book in 3 days.
I’m not to write a big review or anything about it. All I’m going to do is tell you that you NEED to read this thing. It is by far the funniest book you’re ever going to find about martial arts. We’re always whores for our friends on this site, but in this case it goes way beyond that – this is the best book I’ve read in a long time, which is impressive since I spent the past 6 months of my life locked up in my room hiding from my ex, doing little other than blogging and reading. The book is right up your alley – if you like this site, you will like American Shaolin.
Anyways, that’s enough hokey praise. If you wanna get an idea what the book is all about you can check out an excerpt here on Amazon.