Monday, January 23, 2006

Take a Bow, Kathy

Good stuff keeps happening to us objectors. (Not that we're implying cosmic karma or anything.)

Objector Kathy Glicken (a.k.a. Kathy Vyn) just won an Illinois Arts Council Finalist grant for her novel-in-progress. Congratulations!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Plugola Central: Your Humble Blogger Exploits His Secondary Rights

I’m pleased to announce that my book Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal will be published in 2007 by ECW Press.

The book includes new material in addition to collecting many of my stories over the years about pro wrestling behind the scenes for major magazines and newspapers. Among them:

* the award-winning investigative profile “Born-Again Bashing with the Von Erichs,” originally published in Penthouse

* a cover story for the late, lamented Spy magazine on wrestling kingpin Vince McMahon’s ill-fated raid on pro bodybuilding

* two essays from The New York Times

* articles first found in The Washington Monthly, People, Spin, Mother Jones, the Village Voice, and even (an online magazine once published by New York’s Museum of Sex).

My thanks to everyone who has visited, and commented generously on the content at, Irvin Muchnick’s Wrestling Journalism Archive. The site now will provide updates on the publication of the book. If you would like to be on our mailing list (email or postal mail or both), please send your contact information to