Round One

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On the heels of our interview with William Shatner, here’s another icon for the taking.

At The Nervous Breakdown, Rumpus contributor Brin-Johnson Butler interviews Mike Tyson. Mixing memoir and journalism, Butler unpacks a lifelong closeness he’s felt to the boxing champion:

At a certain point Mike Tyson and I reacted to violence a little differently. I was afraid to leave my house for three years while he became the heavyweight champion of the world. The thing was, at first, we reacted to it the same way and our cowardice and trauma defined us.

See also Butler’s Rumpus essay, “Tourist Information,” an ode to boxing, Cuba, and the trials of documentary filmmaking.


Rebecca Rubenstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Midnight Breakfast. When not reading books made of paper, she can be found thinking aloud on Twitter. She resides in San Francisco and maintains a healthy relationship with the fog. Rebecca is Interviews Editor Emeritus for The Rumpus. More from this author →