Posts tagged “sweetest thing”

  • Mischa Merz at Gleason’s Gym

    Mischa Merz at Gleason’s Gym

    May 6, 2011

    Below is a video of Mischa Merz boxing at Gleason's Gym on April 30th, 2011 during her book tour for The Sweetest Thing.

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  • Mischa Merz has a “sweet” return to Gleason’s Gym

    Mischa Merz has a “sweet” return to Gleason’s Gym

    April 13, 2011

    Four years after an initial stair climb to the Brooklyn capital of the boxing world, the globetrotting Australian author returns again to the place that re-ignited her zest for the sport and became the backbone of the 282-page project she’ll unveil Tuesday night. The Sweetest Thing: A Boxer’s Memoir is billed by its publisher as a “wonderful mix of champ-in-the-making story and a tour through the world of a women’s sport rising in a male domain.” Gleason’s Gym will host the book’s launch and kick off a tour that’ll send Merz – the masters division athlete around whom its characters revolve – out west to California and back east to Georgia, where she’ll appear on former world champion Terri Moss’s Atlanta’s Corporate Fight Night show on April 23.

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  • New review of Mischa Merz’s The Sweetest Thing

    New review of Mischa Merz’s The Sweetest Thing

    March 24, 2011

    "The Sweetest Thing: A Boxer’s Memoir (Seven Stories Press, 2011) is a highly readable chronicle of [Merz's] immersion, at the age of forty-five, into real, gritty, fierce competition. . . . This is a rare journey inside the packed gym locker of a true fighter’s brain, a journalist who can take you with her on a wild and brave ride. Fasten your seatbelts – Mischa Merz is a boxer to watch. And more women are coming." -- Binnie Klein, author of Blows to the Head: How Boxing Changed My Mind

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  • Interview with Mischa Merz: balancing life as a boxer and writer

    Interview with Mischa Merz: balancing life as a boxer and writer

    March 2, 2011

    Not long after I started actually sparring as opposed to just doing boxacise, I had an idea. And as with most ideas I get I started saying it out loud. 'What if I had a fight and wrote about it?' and people started saying 'Yeah, great idea'. Pretty quickly I got an agent and a publisher and before I knew it I had signed a contract to write about having a fight. I had to fight. To back out would be just impossible. It was my first book and I'd managed to get the attention of Picador Australia so I couldn't possibly waste the opportunity. And as it happened, I kind of liked the fighting and the writing about it and weirdly, it has become my thing.

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