Posts Tagged: wrestling

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #95: Gabe Habash

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Gabe Habash’s Stephen Florida is a three-hundred page manic unraveling of the titular Stephen’s psyche, told over the course of one season of collegiate wrestling. In the opening pages, Stephen states his intentions in no ambiguous terms: he is going to win the NCAA Division Four wrestling championship. The novel is the fast-paced story of […]

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On Homosexuality and Wrestling with a Faith that Doesn’t Want You

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In Chelsea Station magazine, Brian Bouldrey writes about editing Wrestling with the Angel: Faith and Religion in the Lives of Gay Men, and about how he’s still wrestling with faith and homosexuality: I realized that there were these others, these priests and clergy I always regarded as opponents, but they were on my side, and […]

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Medieval Mongolia’s Undefeated Wrestling Princess

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Genghis Khan had a great-granddaughter named Khutulun (the cousin of Kublai Khan), and it sounds like she was a total badass: As she grew older, she joined the public competitions and acquired great fame as the wrestler whom no man could throw. She became ever richer by winning horses from defeated opponents, and eventually her […]

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¡Qué Vivan Los Exóticos!

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Mexico’s lucha libre—professional wrestling conducted by bombastic masked luchadores—is fairly well known in the United States. But many of us haven’t heard of los exóticos, gay luchadores who often wear makeup and make a show of flirting with their opponents. NPR has a killer story about the decades-old subculture, complete with pictures, a short film, and a […]

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And in This Corner…The Emancipator!

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Previously, we blogged about how Abraham Lincoln grew his trademark beard partly because of a letter from a little girl. As it turns out, that’s not the only surprising biographical fact about Lincoln; he was also an avid wrestler, as this in-depth article on none other than WWE.com will tell you. A preview: “We know […]

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