The Squared Circle by David Shoemaker audiobook

The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling

By David Shoemaker
Read by R. C. Bray

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781592407675
10.92 Hours Unabridged
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A breakthroughexamination of professional wrestling—its history, its fans, and its widercultural impact—that does for the sport what Chuck Klosterman did for heavymetal The Squared Circle grows out of David Shoemaker’swriting for both Deadspin, where hestarted the column “Dead Wrestler of the Week”—a feature on the many wrestlingsuperstars who died too young because of the abuse they subjected their bodiesto—and Grantland,where he covers the pro-wrestling world and its place in the pop culturemainstream. Shoemaker’s sports writing has since struck a nerve withgenerations of wrestling fans who, like him, grew up worshiping a sport oftenderided as “fake” in the wider culture. To them, these professional wrestlingsuperstars are not just heroes but an emotional outlet and the lens throughwhich they learned to see the world. Starting in the early 1900s and exploring the path of prowrestling in America through the present day, The Squared Circle is thefirst book to acknowledge both the sport’s broader significance and wrestlingfans’ keen intellect and sense of irony. Divided into eras, each section offersa snapshot of the wrestling world, profiles some of the period’s preeminentwrestlers, and examines the sport’s influence on our broader culture. Throughthe brawling, bombast, and bloodletting, Shoemaker argues that pro wrestlingcan teach us about the nature of performance, audience, and, yes, art. Full of unknown history, humor, and self-deprecatingreminiscence—but also offering a compelling look at the sport’s rightful placein pop culture—The Squared Circle is the book that legions of wrestlingfans have been waiting for. In it, Shoemaker teaches us to look past thespandex and body slams to see an art form that can explain the world.

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Summary

Summary

A breakthroughexamination of professional wrestling—its history, its fans, and its widercultural impact—that does for the sport what Chuck Klosterman did for heavymetal

The Squared Circle grows out of David Shoemaker’swriting for both Deadspin, where hestarted the column “Dead Wrestler of the Week”—a feature on the many wrestlingsuperstars who died too young because of the abuse they subjected their bodiesto—and Grantland,where he covers the pro-wrestling world and its place in the pop culturemainstream. Shoemaker’s sports writing has since struck a nerve withgenerations of wrestling fans who, like him, grew up worshiping a sport oftenderided as “fake” in the wider culture. To them, these professional wrestlingsuperstars are not just heroes but an emotional outlet and the lens throughwhich they learned to see the world.

Starting in the early 1900s and exploring the path of prowrestling in America through the present day, The Squared Circle is thefirst book to acknowledge both the sport’s broader significance and wrestlingfans’ keen intellect and sense of irony. Divided into eras, each section offersa snapshot of the wrestling world, profiles some of the period’s preeminentwrestlers, and examines the sport’s influence on our broader culture. Throughthe brawling, bombast, and bloodletting, Shoemaker argues that pro wrestlingcan teach us about the nature of performance, audience, and, yes, art.

Full of unknown history, humor, and self-deprecatingreminiscence—but also offering a compelling look at the sport’s rightful placein pop culture—The Squared Circle is the book that legions of wrestlingfans have been waiting for. In it, Shoemaker teaches us to look past thespandex and body slams to see an art form that can explain the world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Shoemaker, a book designer at Henry Holt and longtime wrestling scribe…is at his best when telling comic anecdotes about the colorful characters of the sport…Fans will recognize some of the biggest names of the staged spectacles in this lively, informed survey.” Publishers Weekly
“Shoemaker writes with a sly, understated wit, which is probably the best style with which to convey the ‘wink-wink, nudge-nudge’ relationship the spectacle has with its fans. Adventurous readers, indifferent to wrestling though they may be, will find this a fun look inside an alternate universe. Fans, of course, will be whacking each other over the head with fake metal folding chairs to get their mitts on a copy.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: David Shoemaker

Author Bio: David Shoemaker

David Shoemaker, a.k.a. the Masked Man, has been writing about wrestling since 2009. A regular contributor to Deadspin and Grantland and a former book editor, he lives in Brooklyn.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 10.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English