ZYZZYVA EventsNovember 10, 2017
ZYZZYVA & Rare Bird All-Stars: Lit Crawl Portland
Location: 7 p.m., Literary Arts Studio, 925 SW Washington St., Portland, OR
Description: ZYZZYVA contributors and Rare Bird authors team up for a one-night event featuring Sallie Tisdale, Matthew Dickman, Natalie Serber, and more. For more info: http://sched.co/C8Rz
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F.X. Toole, who died in 2002, was the boxing trainer and author of the novel Pound for Pound and the award-winning story collection Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner (2000), from which the story “Million $$$ Baby” was later adapted into the Oscar-winning film of the same name. ZYZZYVA’s Spring 1999 issue marked Toole’s first time in print with the story “The Monkey Look,” which later would be published in Rope Burns.
“The Monkey Look” follows the life of a seasoned L.A. cutman, whose job it is to treat the bleeding and swelling suffered by boxers during a bout. Told in wonderfully engaging prose, it is a revealing, humorous, and entertaining story about the grim realities of the professional boxing world and the not always upstanding fighters, promoters, and trainers who people it.
The following is “The Monkey Look” in its entirety.