On Mike Tyson


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With enough hang-ups to fill a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Tyson put his special brand of violent celebrity pathology on the front page day for night and night for day. Yes, Mike Tyson was a tabloid fever dream. Between lawsuits, street fights, car crashes, sex scandals, failed suicides, hotel trashings, and a silent scream Barbara Walters interview, Tyson made sure his extracurricular activities were not for the squeamish. But for five years “Kid Dynamite” sauntered to the ring with no socks, his head shaved ala Jack Dempsey, wearing a ratty towel-poncho combo he might have swiped from the Sunshine Hotel on the Bowery.

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