A Literature of Concussions

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In the Super Bowl weekend, Rumpus author Sebastian Sockman writes a long essay on Los Angeles Review of Books about the controversial story of severe traumas within the NFL and all the books that dealt with that topic.

The helmet — the head — wasn’t always a weapon. In the old leather-helmeted days only a maniac would think of leading with his head. The “advent of the plastic helmet,” League of Denial’s authors tell us, “significantly cut down on catastrophic head injuries such as skull fractures and hemorrhages, but the flip side was that the human head was suddenly turned into a projectile.”


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →