Hurt Yourself: In Executive Pursuit of Action, Danger, and a Decent-Looking Pair of Swim Trunks

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St. Martin's Press, Sep 30, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
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Harry Hurt III is a journalist and professional dilettante who puts it all on the line in the search for freedom and joy in the most unlikely of places. And the likely ones, too.
Whether he's flying a vintage Mustang, risking his neck at polo, or risking his dignity dancing with the New York City Ballet, Hurt gives the readers of his "Executive Pursuits" columns in The New York Times a Plimpton-esque glimpse of the adventures hidden just around the corner.

Hurt writes about hedonism, but the columns collected for the first time here in Hurt Yourself are really about finding fulfillment as a man in the second half of his life. He writes about marriage, as he gets into, and out of, trouble with wife; fatherhood, as he struggles to connect with his son; and manhood, as he battles the demons of vanity, insecurity, and fear.

Through it all, Hurt tackles each premise—from playing quarterback for the New York Jets to finding a swim suit a middle-aged man can actually wear—with self-deprecating humor and an unfailingly honest journalist's eye.

 

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Contents

How the King ofBling Saved My Marriage
11
This Suit Requires a Certain Amount of Finesse
19
The Bliss and the Bling Delivered in a Bespoke
27
Close Shaves Clay Pigeons and Chateau
35
Yin Yang Bucking and Brandy
69
Act Four Flights of Fancy and Fatherhood
103
Ready for Some Football? Then
137
Paper Balanchine
163
Hollywood Hot Dogs FireEating
171
Acknowledgments
205
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Harry Hurt III is an award-winning journalist and the author of six nonfiction books. He lives in Sag Harbor, New York.

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