The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling #2020

The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling By DavidShoemaker The Squared Circle Life Death and Professional Wrestling A breakthrough examination of the professional wrestling its history its fans and its wider cultural impact The Squared Circle grows out of David Shoemaker s writing for Deadspin where he started
  • Title: The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling
  • Author: DavidShoemaker
  • ISBN: 9781592408818
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling By DavidShoemaker A breakthrough examination of the professional wrestling, its history, its fans, and its wider cultural impact The Squared Circle grows out of David Shoemaker s writing for Deadspin, where he started the column Dead Wrestler of the Week which boasts than 1 million page views a feature on the many wrestling superstars who died too young because of the abuse they sA breakthrough examination of the professional wrestling, its history, its fans, and its wider cultural impact The Squared Circle grows out of David Shoemaker s writing for Deadspin, where he started the column Dead Wrestler of the Week which boasts than 1 million page views a feature on the many wrestling superstars who died too young because of the abuse they subject their bodies to and his writing for Grantland, where he covers the pro wrestling world, and its place in the pop culture mainstream Shoemaker s sportswriting has since struck a nerve with generations of wrestling fans who like him grew up worshipping a sport often derided as fake in the wider culture To them, these professional wrestling superstars are not just heroes but an emotional outlet and the lens through which they learned to see the world Starting in the early 1900s and exploring the path of pro wrestling in America through the present day, The Squared Circle is the first book to acknowledge both the sport s broader significance and wrestling fans keen intellect and sense of irony Divided into eras, each section offers a snapshot of the wrestling world, profiles some of the period s preeminent wrestlers, and the sport s influence on our broader culture Through the brawling, bombast, and bloodletting, Shoemaker argues that pro wrestling can teach us about the nature of performance, audience, and, yes, art Full of unknown history, humor, and self deprecating reminiscence but also offering a compelling look at the sport s rightful place in pop culture The Squared Circle is the book that legions of wrestling fans have been waiting for In it, Shoemaker teaches us to look past the spandex and body slams to see an art form that can explain the world.
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    1. As a wrestling fan, it can be difficult to find intelligent wrestling commentary I became familiar with The Masked Man, aka David Shoemaker, mainly through his work at Grantland, and have always found him to be an interesting and thought provoking read on the subject.There is a lot of interesting history and stories in the book However, I think it suffers from the format Chapters focus on a particular wrestler, similar to his Dead Wrestler of the Week columns, but as a result, there s a lot of r [...]


    2. David Shoemaker rose to prominence with his weekly Deadspin column, Dead Wrestler of the Week At first glance, the column s title seems unnecessarily harsh but Shoemaker writes with a real passion for those who entertained us during their sometimes short lived career At some point, he decided to adapt this into a book about the history of pro wrestling and those who ve passed before their time Cramming over one hundred years of history into a tight four hundred pages isn t an easy task but Shoem [...]


    3. Yes, it is true that I have only finished the 6 hour PART 1 of this Audible book, but I am going to split the review in 2 parts, just as the book is split into two parts.This was GOOD If you like wrestling, that is If you are not already a WWE fan, and do not already know a LOT of wrestling history which, don t worry I DO then this book is not going to be a good read for you The author jumps in without pausing for breath For example, he will start talking about Wrestlemania matches, assuming tha [...]


    4. Every child of the 80s who grew up watching wrestling on Saturday mornings should give this book a chance I was floored by how eloquent and insightful the writing was, because come on, it s a book about wrestling, so my expectations were low David Shoemaker is an entertaining writer that really understands how to write about sports, something that so many become so passionate about He is at turns funny and brutally honest, and it made for a perfectly sobering look at the real life trauma that so [...]


    5. The ref counts three, the timekeeper rings the bell, the announcer says goodnight, the houselights come up The promoter counts the night s haul The wrestler takes a shower, a soak, a painkiller The fan walks to his car and drives home The wrestler takes a ride in a rental car to the next town.


    6. I have a deep relationship with Pro Wrestling that stems from my childhood I LOVED that shit Then I got older and didn t love it in the same way any Then I finally realized WHAT it was that these guys do night after night, and that childhood love came rushing back along with a newfound respect for the performers and what they do These are professional stuntmen actors and while they are loved, they generally aren t respected in the way that they should be and this book seems to try correct that a [...]


    7. In the last year, I ve been roped back into the world of professional wrestling A rite of passage for any preteen boy as is, it s decidedly uncool as a thirtysomething, but being older now I ve come to appreciate a lot of the unique storytelling aspects that go along with the goofy lowbrow craziness that comes with the sport format.David Shoemaker is best known for his Deadspin Dead Wrestler of the Week pieces as well as writing a regular column for Grantland on the ins and outs of the WWE It s [...]


    8. Outstanding Absolutely essential for any fan of pro wrestling, or for anyone seeking to understand why people are fans of pro wrestling This book truly captures the spirit of the whole silly business, and the fact that it does so through a chronicle of untimely deaths is not lost on me Wrestling is dark and fucked up it s a fixed sport in which people entertain crowds by doing incredibly dangerous things to each other and themselves By focusing on the negative consequences wrestling had on parti [...]


    9. I grew up watching wrestling I loved Macho Man Randy Savage, the Ultimate Warrior, the Rockers, the Bush Whackers, hell I could go on and on As I grew older I lost interest, but when Savage died in 2011 I tuned into Monday Night Raw to see what sort of tribute they would do and I was immediately sucked back in And when CM Punk dropped this pipe bomb a few months later I was hooked.The next thing you know I m looking for some good wrestling writers online and I stumble across Shoemaker s work fir [...]


    10. This book is, for the most part, written about all the lives that have been lost to pro wrestling From Owen Hart and Mr Perfect, to Chris Benoit The beginning of the book was very descriptive, as the author takes you through the territorial era There was much to learn from the first 1 3 of the book, with many wrestlers I knew next to nothing about However, it seemed midway through the book, Shoemaker s descriptions became less and less in depth In talking about the popular wrestlers you would t [...]


    11. This book is enjoyable, but if you re already a pretty dedicated wrestling fan then you will probably have heard many of the stories it contains It s valuable for the early stars it covers, the pre WWII era wrestling world where people would pay to watch a 3 hour match end in a draw The bits of history it contains is intriguing to a modern fan, specifically the fact that people have been in on the fake sport since the very beginning and we don t really care.Shoemaker definitely has an intelligen [...]


    12. Started really well, tons of good history about the early days of wrestling and a good bios of wrestlers that i did t even know about Newer stuff seems like they were too short or missing important bits and some cases just referencing entrys I was especially disappointment in the Ludvig Borga chapter, as he was a Finnish wrestler, i was looking forward to read about him than others, but chapter was just short snippet without any real information Anyway, early parts of the book makes this 3 star [...]


    13. If you pick this up expecting a bunch of shoot interviews you ll be disappointed After spending about a third of the book on the early pre TV beginnings of wrestling it soon morphs into a well footnoted book on the deaths of famous wrestlers.The over riding theme is that the physical abuse and lifestyle results in a toxic cocktail of PEDs, painkillers and recreational drugs leading to an early death.As such it ends up reading like a very good college thesis, but not a worthwhile read.


    14. I wanted to like this I devoured ever other wrestling book that I have read but this book comes off like an encyclopedia or text book instead of a book As a wrestling fan, I was hoping to read something new and exciting but instead I got almost 400 pages of stuff that I could find on.


    15. Clear, cogent, brilliantly argued look at pro wrestling as a struggle between sport and drama, between real life and entertainment, the ultimate encounter with real life being death Comes from Shoemaker s columns on dead wrestlers for Grantland and at time feels too much like a bundle of columns wrapped in a messy bow of a narrative that doesn t really hold anything together Minor league complaint though If you are even the slightest bit curious about pro wrestling, this is among the best books [...]


    16. I am not a fan of pro wrestling but I listened to Shoemaker s podcast a couple of times and wanted to know about the language and history of the sport entertainment and was thrilled with what this book delivered If for just teaching the language of pro wrestling and the history of all it s fallen heroes and there are SO many dead wrestlers I felt transported to and enlightened by a world I never intended to go to.


    17. Intelligent look at the history of professional wrestling in the U.S from its origins through the publication date It focuses on historical narrative, public perception, characters, and the rise and fall of different organizations The biggest drawback is the layout Professional wrestling probably doesn t lend itself to a linear history, and while the author loosely grouped together themes characters, some of the threads could be hard to follow at times.


    18. This is really interesting if you had any kind of wrestling association in your life I checked out in the modern era after my fandom ended, but it s an interesting look at the history of pro wrestling in America as well as dives into the stories of some of the legends who are no longer with us.


    19. As a fan of pro wrestling you can tell this was written by a fan Shoemaker at times takes a very real approach to the people playing wrestlers while still praising them as pro wrestlers playing people.


    20. A great history for a wrestling fan who may not know about the origins of wrestling There was also a lot of information about wrestlers that I had heard of, but did not know a lot about.


    21. A good bit of wrestling history There s a bit of an arc, of a theme, but the throughline isn t as strong as I d likewhich is pretty in theme for wrestling, really.


    22. For lovers of wrestlingA great read Worth checking out It is a rather sad love letter to professional wrestling, but it was entertaining nonetheless


    23. In hindsight, I m surprised by how prominent a role professional wrestling has played in my adult friendships I had watched professional wrestling as a kid the skit where the Ultimate Warrior is bitten by a cobra after Jake The Snake Roberts betrayed him after Warrior asked Roberts to help him overcome his fears so he could defeat the Undertaker sticks in my mind , but I wasn t really invested in professional wrestling until my freshman year in college, when I saw three future friends watch Summ [...]


    24. When it comes to writing about professional wrestling, it s hard to come by truly great writers of the craft David Shoemaker is one such writer He s eloquent and his book The Squared Circle reads like a Greek play, a battle between Gods in a, well, squared circle It s a book that spun out of his column chronicling the deaths of wrestlers and came to encompass the history of professional wrestling.And professional wrestling s history is also the history of American spectator events, television, c [...]


    25. This is one of the best books I ve read all year You wouldn t think that there would be much of a market for moving, elegiac prose about Professional Wrestling, but that s what this is From the introduction This is a book about dead wrestlers It was supposed to be, anyway But along the way, it became a history of professional wrestling told through the stories of the people who made the myths and who thereafter died It s a story of a mythology populated not by gods but by real men, fallible mort [...]


    26. This is an odd sort of book Part collection of identikit potted biographies, part genuinely interesting asides on wrestling in American culture Then, at the end, a narrative emerges It seems like the whole book is leading up to Chris Benoit, but only in hindsight And as such, it doesn t really say much about anything at all Perhaps genuine wrestling fans will enjoy this , but to the outsider it s faintly underwhelming.


    27. The Squared Circle is a book for the casual wrestling fans by a diehard wrestling fan There s an assumption that the reader is familiar with a lot of the behind the scenes atmosphere and jargon and, perhaps importantly, there is an assumption that the reader knows who s work is being discussed And while this can be a little daunting, in the end, it means that this is a book that takes seriously the subjects of its subtitle The men and women discussed over the course of the book lived hard lives [...]


    28. It is an impressive book and worth buying I would tell any wrestling fan it is worth reading I am not talking about just current wrestling fans, anyone who has ever been a wrestling fan will enjoy it Even if you have not watched a match since Wrestlmania V or the last Monday Night Nitro, part of this book will speak to you.The book is an enjoyable read I had an easy time getting into it I read it on my kindle, mostly on my lunch break The chapters are the right length where I could finish a chap [...]


    29. Professional wrestling is often derided by its critics as fake and staged Ironically, many of these same people will readily plunk down money at a movie theater to see a story played out before them and not bat an eye at the hypocrisy Wrestling has existed as an entertainment medium that is part myth, part morality play in a literal theater of the absurd It is an arena where an athletic competition exists yet the viewer is asked to suspend his disbelief.Commentating on this peculiar world is Dea [...]


    30. The Masked Man AKA David Shoemaker had the herculean task of putting over 100 years of wrestling into under 400 pages and for the most part, he succeeded The Squared Circle Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling does a wonderful job of serving as an introduction for those who remain unaware The Golden Era and Territorial Era in particular this book is evidence of some great research Although even hardcore fans will be able to take something out of this book.Ultimately, what helps define this bo [...]


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