e-limbo, e-zine de informacion y analasis de modos de vida actual
 
28.06.2017 / Sesión no Iniciada 
_Sociedad

 _enviar articulo

e-mail emisor
e-mail receptor
Ayúdanos a evitar contactos automáticos
Anti Spam
Texto
 

En estos tiempos de hipercomunicación bastaría la invitación de enviar a un amigo cualquiera de los textos que consideres interesantes algo redundante: demasiada comunicación, demasiados textos y , en general, demasiado de todo.
Es posible que estemos de acuerdo... pero cuando encuentras algo interesante en cualquier sitio, la red, la calle, tu casa, o un lugar escondido y remoto, compartirlo no sólo es un acto (acción, hecho) de amistad o altruismo, también es una manera de ahorrar tiempo a los demás (y de que te lo ahorren a ti (si eres afortunado) a costa del tiempo que tu has podido derrochar (emplear) y el gustazo de mostrar que estuviste ahí (o donde fuera ) un poco antes (el tiempo ya no es más el que era).
Comparte con tus conocidos aquello que encuentras, es evolución.
The Underdog: How I Survived The World's Most Outlandish Competitions - Joshua Davis
26-01-06 Revista de Prensa  

 


Joshua Davis lost every single competition he took part in.

By Joshua
Joshua Davis set out to win. At anything. Living in a crappy apartment with a crappy job and a loving but long suffering wife, Davis set out to prove himself. So runs the premise of his book, which is one of those hard-to-classify mixes of travelogue, biography, meditation and jokes about dwarves. The Underdog starts off weakly and doesn't really hit its stride til the third chapter. The lead-in time is worth it though, because the outlandish competitions Davis takes part in not only take him all over the world but also bring him into contact with some truly remarkable people. As Davis' confidence grows in between becoming a pro arm wrestler, a matador, a sumo wrestler, a backwards runner and a sauna endurance competitor, so his prose manages to capture the euphoria, absurdity and the despair of the training process of each challenge. Davis continually grapples with the vertigo of impossibility that opens up in front of him and lays it wide open for the reader to understand his own feelings as he goes through each training regimen. Where Davis really succeeds here is in his lightness of touch - he's serious about what he's doing, but he's not earnest. Similarly, he avoids the tedious "isn't this oh-so-wacky" route too - although, admittedly, he does have a page about midget matadors. It's the people he meets that are the real stars of this book - Maru the Hawaiian Sumo Grand Master, at the end of his career at 32 and treated like a near-diety in Japan, which makes for a somewhat lonely existence; Mr Veerabadran in Chennai, India, the world backward running champion who focuses on the face of his wife to cut through the excruciating pain; and, of course, the midget matadors. There's a host of other characters that Davis manages to describe concisely and eloquently, cutting to the heart of what they are about within a few pages and connecting their seemingly odd pursuits to the importance it holds within their lives. Veerabadran is my favourite person here, utterly resistant to his life being defined by others, nuts about his wife, contemptuous of money and the person who articulates what lies at the core of this book: "Everyone make meaning. That is what you must do. You make your own meaning". Davis never uses that byline of parents everywhere - "It's not the winning, it's the taking part" - but this book provides a hugely entertaining and quite moving affirmation of exactly that. By doing something that's important to you (provided it's not illegal), you still win indirectly even if you fail, just through the people you meet and what you experience along the way. Certainly, for Davis, his competition quest opened the door to writing for Wired magazine, where he remains a contributing editor, including recently spending time in Iraq. It beats sitting in front of the telly anyway. [See joshuadavis.net for more details] Davis lost every single competition he took part in but it would be dimwitted to say that somehow invalidates the value of what happened along the way. Davis is refreshingly unanalytic in that sense - he doesn't try to extrapolate self help theories for his readers to follow - instead, we get to see him helping himself, moving from competition to competition realising he can do anything with some help and good will from others. The reason why we think these things are funny is because they make no sense on the surface. How can a tiny guy like Josh Davis becomes a sumo wrestler? The answer seems to be: simply by deciding to do so. Like PJ O'Rourke says, "You learn to work around huge areas of inability". What I enjoyed most about this book is that Davis covers a lot of ground here very concisely. His prose is amusingly self-deprecating but full of confidence; he runs the usual humour of American abroad culture shock while showing huge respect for those he meets; he shows a curiosity about the world from the vantage point of someone who knows nothing and is not afraid to admit it. He captures the wonder of learning something new - and the frustration and self-doubt that inevitably goes with it - and the way that such learning is never wasted. Even if you don't win.

Publicado originalmente en www.spikemagazine.com

   
 

Rating: 4 - 1 voto(s).

   
_COMENTARIOS
No existen comentarios.
Comentario / Comment:
  atención: para realizar comentarios tienes que ser usuario registrado.
        

_HistÓrico_Sociedad

12-04-16_ Como salir del odio: entrevista al filósofo Jacques Rancière
10-01-10_ ¿ Y si el asombro llegara a su fin? * UMBERTO ECO
31-08-08_ Juegos en PEKÍN
16-11-07_ Bunker Spreckels * Los excesos de un depredador
14-10-07_Marshall McLuhan * GAMES
04-09-07_ Chapoteando en el asfalto (como chupetear cabezas de camarones)
03-08-07_ Good copy, bad copy
09-07-07_ La familia y Münster
12-05-07_ Tom, Mickey, DeLillo... un hombre de verdad y otros atajos...
08-05-07_ La rara lengua: los pirahas
03-05-07_How Japanese Toys Conquered the World
24-04-07_ Gapminder disponible para todos...
21-04-07_ La iglesia católica elimina el limbo: sólo quedamos nosotros.
15-04-07_ The U.S. Vs John Lennon
02-06-07_ To Die Upon the Hand I Love So Well
04-04-07_ Clases de dibujo
04-03-07_ 9 classic educational films about drugs, sex and alcohol
02-03-07_ Confesiones de un pecador en el s.XXI
28-02-07_ Victor Manuel... atrapado por su pasado
10-06-08_ La alegría de vivir después del fin del arte
18-02-07_ Why Some of Us Don't Have Emotional Intelligence...
06-02-07_ Espías como nosotros
01-02-07_ The Great Afterlife Debate * Michael Shermer v. Deepak Chopra
29-01-07_ The Apotheosis of David Beckham
27-01-07_ Memento Mori
18-01-07_ Quiero dejar de no vivir
15-01-07_ Los nuevos feminismos (en El Pais)
14-01-07_ Voting with your trolley
07-01-07_ Sin menear el bigote
06-01-07_ Esto son 200 calorías
17-12-06_ Ablación * La tiranía de la superstición
09-12-06_ Odio Barcelona
07-12-06_ Probability beach
14-11-06_ SOTOK * más allá del más allá
10-11-06_ Madrid defeats Barcelona * Here's Why
03-11-06_Do Countries have strategies?
01-11-06_600 millones de euros
01-11-06_ Asesinos bendecidos
27-10-06_Montilla Nocilla (no silla)
25-10-06_Battle of the New Atheism
30-09-06_Campeonato del mundo de Ajedrez * Chips en el retrete
21-09-06_aclamados artistas contemporáneos
13-09-06_Breve Diccionario de Español para extranjeros (futbolistas)
13-09-06_The global politics of cricket
17-08-06_Un retrato del Siglo XXI
15-08-06_Speedo freaks
03-08-06_El periodismo deportivo
28-07-06_Muhammad Ali
22-07-06_Why Diving Makes Soccer Great * In defense of soccer's biggest villains.
27-06-06_Antes de hacer ejercicio, tome cerezas
10-05-08_ Como jugar Mahjong
27-06-06_It's inequality, love
13-06-06_Raúl asume con tristeza su suplencia... cachis
04-06-06_Planeta fútbol
05-06-06_Big interview * Lewis Hamilton
07-06-06_By the Light of the Equipment
07-06-06_The Super Fight
19-04-06_Wanna piece of this?
29-03-06_Federer Redux: More Than a Household Name
12-03-06_Cómo robar arte y colocarlo en el mercado
26-02-06_The Opposite of Doping
03-08-07_ La resurrección del dios argentino
08-02-06_Schumi contra Schumi
08-02-06_This Is My Board
03-02-06_For Surfers, All Waves Lead to Hawaii
26-01-06_The Underdog: How I Survived The World's Most Outlandish Competitions - Joshua Davis
27-01-06_Ferrari, ganar o cambiar
20-01-06_Tigris Mystic contre Boulogne Boys
18-01-06_Sepuku entre las piernas
16-01-06_Ayudas nutricionales de riesgo
09-01-06_He shoots! He scores!
19-12-05_The Super Fight
05-12-05_George Best: ¡No mueran como yo!
03-11-05_Male Athletes Aren't Ready for Gay Teammates
03-09-05_La rebelión histórica
09-06-06_Hagakure
29-09-05_Bushido
19-06-05_El cielo sobre ruedas
31-05-05_Joseph Ratzinger y los neumáticos de Valentino Rossi

_ORBITAL_Sociedad

_Servicios

test
Regístrate y disfruta de utilidades de administración y gestión de los contenidos de e-limbo*
Recibe las novedades en tu correo electronico.
El futuro está escrito en las estrellas... Horóscopo creado por J.G. Ballard y dedicado a todos vosotros.
Aplicaciones y herramientas necesarias para navegar y utilizar los contenidos del limbo electrónico e internet (www).
Artículos de e-limbo* en formato PDF preparados para viajar y aportar información allá donde estés. (y seguir salvando árboles)

_e-limbo * apoya

test

_Multimedia

_AUDIO >
Mais uma edição do podcast Música Livre para o Archivo Vivo, do Centro Cultural da Espanha/AECID. ...
_PODCAST >
Ante preguntas de oyentes y amigos, puedo responder ahora que Vía Límite continuará en Radio ...
_VIDEO >
SORPRESA¡!¡! An unreleased version of Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer" with Arthur Russell on cello
Optimizado: Firefox, Safari, Mozilla, Netscape, Konqueror, Explorer. Resolución óptima: 1024x768
ISSN: 1885-5229    Aviso Legal e-limbo.org*