Monday, October 20, 2014
First Fun with Foley
My favorite reading for Monday was definitely the beginning of Mick Foley's second book, Foley is Good, and the Real World is Faker Than Wrestling. So far, I am liking Mick Foley a whole lot better than Ole Anderson, and I would say that I really like Ole. I love Mick's humor and outdated pop culture references, even though they worries me a bit; I want people to be able to read his book ten or twenty years from now and not have to look up every reference he makes to get the joke. Even now, there are many references that I don't understand because I wasn't immersed in pop culture in the 90s (I also love the fact that this hardcore, overweight, middle-aged wrestler could be such an avid Britney fan). Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mick's first twelve chapters, and I think I am starting to understand how the real world could be faker than wrestling. The story of how Mick was going to "be an author" just blew me away. I had no idea that so-called "autobiographies" of celebrities and superstars were not actually written by the superstar (how can they be called autobiographies?). This revelation is definitely worse than finding out that the tooth fairy isn't real (p 126). Mick Foley tried to work with Larry, the autobiography-biography-novelist, with disappointing results. Thankfully, Foley decided to take matters into his own hands and actually write his own autobiography. Foley also experiences the deceptive ways of journalists and creative editing in his interview with 20/20. I think Foley has a valid point in accusing the "real world" of often being a little fudged, and I am excited to see what other topics he brings up to make his point clearer.