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Read this book.

You’ll remember from Jake’s ass-licking post a few days back that we had author Matthew Polly follow us around for UFC83 weekend. He’s writing a book on MMA and thought it would be interesting to see what the deal was with us. I still have no idea how we’re going to fit into his work (“And then we drank some more” pretty much sums up the entire experience), but who cares: there’s nothing cooler than having a Rhodes scholar and bestselling author come hang out and act like YOU are the interesting person in the equation.

Actually, the whole thing has been kinda intimidating. It’s much easier to float along and throw out blogs when you’re doing it under the context of being the resident potty mouth village idiot of MMA. Once authors and intelligentsia and other ‘important people’ start telling you that your work is exceptionally written, witty, and astute, you start to sweat a bit every time you open WordPress. Is this post exceptionally written? Am I being witty this time?? Oh my god, I can’t stop sucking!

Anyways, don’t mind my neurotic head games. This post is supposed to be about Matt’s last book, American Shaolin. I’ve been all over the place with my sleep schedule lately, and it’s all American Shaolin’s fault. My routine has always been to read a book in bed while I wind down for sleep, which works really well when you’re reading boring shit on the history of LSD or medieval architecture. Not so much with American Shaolin … the past few evenings have been all nighters and I worked through the book in 3 days.

I’m not to write a big review or anything about it. All I’m going to do is tell you that you NEED to read this thing. It is by far the funniest book you’re ever going to find about martial arts. We’re always whores for our friends on this site, but in this case it goes way beyond that – this is the best book I’ve read in a long time, which is impressive since I spent the past 6 months of my life locked up in my room hiding from my ex, doing little other than blogging and reading. The book is right up your alley – if you like this site, you will like American Shaolin.

Anyways, that’s enough hokey praise. If you wanna get an idea what the book is all about you can check out an excerpt here on Amazon.

  • Swedish guy says:

    I can’t help but think about David Pogue of the NYT every time I see that photo of Polly.

    And since I’m a fan of Pogue’s, I guess Polly is nice by association.

  • Lifer says:

    i’m not a fan of being commanded to do ANYTHING.

  • Hey, as Sam Caplan would say: If you don’t like this book, then you’re not a real MMA fan. Or as Luke Thomas would say: If you don’t like this book, you’re obviously gay.

  • Oh, and thanks re: Rhodes Scholar thing. I thought Road Scholar made more sense since you’re “on da road” schooling n stuff.

  • I don’t read books not strictly about Matt Hughes.

  • Capitan Miserable is retiring.

  • Smitler says:

    I concur. A good book. Read it. If you want.

  • x5BoltMainx says:

    They still print books?

  • Erin says:

    It has been added to my Paperspine list. However, I do have over 100 books on that list already so it might be a few, umm, years, before I actually get to read it.

  • andres says:

    Wtf is this “book” you speak of?
    seems ok I guess this might be the first book I actually buy since the other books were bibles that I ripped to roll my joints and lost school books

  • Rob says:

    Read American Shaolin a few months ago, by coincidence.
    Outstanding book. Lots of fun, well written, culturally revealing. Highly recommended.

  • “Ha! Ha!” I thought while rubbing my hands with glee. “My plans are working better than I could have imagined!” How was I to convince Ryan and Jake to read my book and tell their jackals that it was a must read? Why pretend I wanted to write about them! Sure it was an expensive ploy given the cost of planes, scalped tickets, and our collective bar tabs (Holy Shit! “Then we drank some more…” indeed.) But no guts, no glory!

  • But seriously folks, Jake and Ryan run the sharpest, funniest website on MMA. But you know that already. So I’d suggest (not command, “Lifer”) that you buy a T-shirt already. No, buy two. I know Jake’s got a suitcase full of them, which I refused to help him lug around. And several fighters (well, maybe entourage members is more accurate) came up to Ryan and asked him where he got his Human Cockfighting tee. I’ll do my part to make them famous or at least gonzo with the MSM. (“And then we drank some more.”) Until then, however, everyone else needs to keep them capitalized. Capiche?

  • kentyman says:


    Oh, the other “capitalized”?