Everything Harder than Everyone Else
People push the limits of their endurance for all sorts of reasons: punishment, abstinence, ego, curiosity. But what drives those who push themselves to extremes in unconventional ways?
In this book, Valentish interviews pro-wrestlers, bodybuilders, adult film performers, iron women, performance artists and extreme athletes, exploring what motivates some people to adopt one seemingly extreme persona after another. A curious Venn diagram can be drawn: retired porn stars put on wrestling leotards; ex-wrestlers exploit their alter egos in adult films; dog-tired MMA fighters roleplay S&M. It seems the sense of self can be so shaky that if they quit one persona, they must leap to another or feel adrift.
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Jenny Valentish is the author of the acclaimed Woman of Substances, a regular contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Saturday Paper, and former editor of Time Out Melbourne and Triple J’s Jmag.
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