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On April 4, The New York Times ran an article about pro wrestling under the headline “Wrestling Grabs the World by the Neck and Flexes.” Irvin Muchnick, author of the new book WRESTLING BABYLON: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal, responded the same day with a letter to the editor, which The Times has not published.

Not Fit to Print in The New York Times

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

On April 4, The New York Times ran an article about pro wrestling under the headline “Wrestling Grabs the World by the Neck and Flexes.” Irvin Muchnick, author of the new book WRESTLING BABYLON: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal, responded the same day with a letter to the editor, which The Times has not published.

To read Muchnick’s letter, go to the “Not Fit to Print in The New York Times” page of the WRESTLING BABYLON website, http://muchnick.net/times.html. The page also includes a link to the original Times story. (Full access to Times content, however, is limited to registered subscribers.)

WRESTLING BABYLON is the country’s second-hottest book on pro wrestling; the only faster-selling title in the category is The Hardcore Diaries by Mick Foley, the wrestler and perennial bestselling author. New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick (no relation to the author) describes WRESTLING BABYLON as “the book that [World Wrestling Entertainment boss] Vince McMahon no doubt wishes was never published.” Frank Deford says, “Irv Muchnick knows wrestling like Anna Wintour knows fashion, and his intriguing collection of ring tales is written with passion and savage humor.” For complete information, visit http://wrestlingbabylon.com.

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