Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage

It’s strange, but in the world of journalism, one of the hardest beats to work is the sports section. Writers not only have to accurately describe events in an interesting way, but they also have to know what they’re talking about. They can’t get away with asking sources for information like their colleagues in the news section (“Coach, can you describe why you’re trying to make a touchdown?” just wouldn’t come off right).
Budd Schulberg is one of a select few masters of ringside reporting. Well-versed in the long and colorful history of boxing, he also had a keen eye that looked deeper than the surface layer of a match. His writing offers insight not just into the storied world of boxing, but also into human experience.


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