The Professor in the Cage:
Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch
by Jonathan Gottschall
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I STARTED TAKING MUAY THAI in the spring of 2008. This was a full four years after Stanley Crouch walked up to me in a West Village restaurant and, in what can only be described as a bitch move, shook my hand and slapped me in the face. Despite the interval, many of my friends seemed to think I was plotting vengeance for what had been, after all, a pretty humiliating encounter. But the duller truth is that it had never occurred to me to hit Crouch back—not when he slapped me, nor in the following weeks.
Don’t get me wrong: I was pissed. Crouch slapped me, after all. At a restaurant. In front of a friend. On my birthday. And though he reportedly told ZZ Packer, his lunch companion, that he “shouldn’t have done that,” he had a gay old time painting himself as the avenging angel of the literary world. But it
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