Our good friend and regular contributor Matthew Polly’s long anticipated second book is finally out. You can pick up Tapped Out online or at any fine bookstore or pornography shack. Okay, maybe not the pornography shack, but sometimes it’s fun going into those places and asking them for mainstream titles. “I see you have ‘Anal Nun Fisters Illustrated’ in stock, but what about the new Tom Clancy novel? The one written by some other dude?”
Here’s a feature in the New York Times talking about the book:
Mr. Polly, whose 2007 book, “American Shaolin,” chronicled the two years he spent studying kung fu with Buddhist monks. But when he was conceiving his second book, he did not plan to take the same approach and become an amateur M.M.A. contender.
“I suggested that he train,” said Patrick Mulligan, Mr. Polly’s editor at Gotham Books. Fittingly, the book’s cover photo shows Mr. Mulligan’s gloved fist socking Mr. Polly in the face.
The difficulty, Mr. Mulligan added, was that Mr. Polly was not exactly in peak physical condition. “At the time he was drinking Jack Daniels and eating takeout every night,” he recalled. “He had to get in shape in order to get in shape.”
In two years of training Mr. Polly shed 65 pounds and went on to win an amateur fight in Las Vegas by technical knockout, a scene recounted with hypnotic clarity in the book.
“Tapped Out” manages to humanize a sport once demonized as “human cockfighting” by deconstructing the stereotype of the martial-arts tough guy. One of Mr. Polly’s trainers is a former Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Columbia University, and Mr. Polly bonds with another over their shared love of Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” fantasy series.
A chapter of the book is even devoted to the author’s relationship with his wife. When he reveals, shortly after their wedding, that he plans to spend six months training in Las Vegas, she is understandably unsympathetic.
“It’s a female-friendly book,” Mr. Polly said, laughing. “I didn’t want to focus on the blood and guts and gore. I wanted to write something personal, that guys can give to their girlfriends and say, ‘Here’s why I love M.M.A.’ ”
There you go guys. Buy one for yourselves and several for your bitches. It’s an awesome book, and I’m not saying that just because we’re mentioned in it. Did I mention that we’re mentioned in it???
Aw yeah. It was on par with the Thailand part from Tapped Out, but with less ping pong shows. Two other instances of Fightlinker in the book after the jump. GO BUY IT!
This is Jake’s new favorite thing, topping that clip of him from ESPN bagging on the inspirational congenital amputee who wanted to fight MMA.
I secretly left in six MAJOR fuckups. See if you can find them all!