David Sedaris, famous Santa's Elf, has written another life experience book that takes him in a surprising new and unexpected direction. As with his other books there are stand-alone chapters with hilarious stories; hunting and cooking truffles, arguing with his sister about what colors go with each other, why alarm clocks are worthless, house cleaning chores he hates and loves, and finally the surprise experience with an out of character twist.
Sedaris says he has always wondered about boxing, and his story does not fail to delight. The following is a brief excerpt from 'Boxing for Pain'.
"I've never been a tough guy. I've always left that to my brother Rooster who could take on anyone, and come out the next day crowing about his successes. A couple of times he came home with big bruises and black eyes, kind of looking like the loser, so I always thought he embellished his stories of conquest. One time Rooster, years younger than me, defended me against a local meanie who said I was a sissy. As I sped off on my one speed, Rooster took a couple of punches in my defense. My father wanted to know what had happened, but we just responded, "nothing". To this day neither one of us has ever mentioned the occasion.
Twenty-seven years later I began wondering what it would be like to be punched and then return the favor. I knew it would hurt, but so did taking the IQ test in French, and then seeing the results. So on one of my shopping sprees, for stuffed iguanas, I stopped in at a boxing gym. Why not try it I said, the gym has the smell of a hard life and every thing was filthy. Who am I to judge the cleanliness of these guys who like getting punched in the face. Maybe that killed dirt detecting brain cells."
Sedaris lives life and then reports his experiences back to the reader in clear humor. He asks, "Did you ever want to be a boxer?" And answers, "No, of course not, it would really hurt". But then he proceeds to go through his own boxing experience.
'Boxing for Pain', by David Sedaris, Published by Chaos House Books, 2010, and available at bookstores everywhere.