Slaphappy is reporter Thomas Hackett's penetrating examine the realm wrestling, if you happen to love the spectacle and for the sport's skeptics and the uninitiated. via interviews with wrestlers, promoters, and fanatics, Hackett explores the whole diversity of matters that swirl round wrestling tradition -- repute, masculinity, violence, aggression, functionality, and play. one of the classes wrestling is that deceit is a basic truth of yankee lifestyles. And but, satirically, the single factor wrestling isn't really is devious. even supposing wrestlers play fake, wrestling itself does not fake to be something except what it truly is -- beautifully absurd, a truly American form of insanity. Celebrity-obsessed, pathologically narcissistic, murderously aggressive, it either epitomizes and parodies the delusional egoism on the center of the culture.
More than that, wrestling offers its lovers and performers a medium for pondering "getting over" in the USA at the present time. This spectacle of extra could be the apotheosis of yankee imbecility, however it is additionally defiant, hopeful, freeing, and unifying -- a throwback to the raucous pleasures of early theater. fanatics will not be indifferent connoisseurs, having a look paradoxically down on lifestyles, concealing their anxieties within the chilly comforts of irony. they're overall individuals in a carnival in their personal making, shouting epithets, throwing chairs, expatiating their concerns in a crowd's effective foolishness.
It is, Slaphappy concludes, the entire stuff of human tradition. the place does delusion finish and truth start? the place does the functionality cease and lifestyles take over? Writing with affection and discernment, Hackett will get deep into the tradition, learning that the make-believe festival of wrestling is certainly "real" for thousands of younger males -- genuine within the experience that whatever genuine and demanding is at stake: their worthy as men.