I have an essay over at The Rumpus. It’s about my name, my dad, and Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

One afternoon I downloaded Punch-Out!! on the Wii U Virtual Console. A lot of memories came back, and it only cost thirty cents.

The first fighter, Glass Joe, whom I’d had such difficulty beating, has a record of 1 win, 99 losses. As an adult, I was able to knock him out in less than a minute. Once you’ve figured out the pattern, it’s not that hard to win.


Dodging Von Kaiser

I used to think the key to winning was strength and brute force. Then I realized that Punch-Out!! is more of a puzzle than it is an action-based game. Develop a higher level of thinking and use your wits to survive. Don’t make the same mistakes.

I still can’t finish the entire game, but there are endless opportunities to try and figure out the patterns. Video games are great that way, giving you a second chance in a way real life doesn’t.

When you lose, Punch-Out!! encourages you not to give up: “Start training. Make a comeback!”


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2 thoughts on “Rematch

  1. We have not spoken in a few years & it was only within the last hour I found out (about five years late!) that something of yours had appeared on The Rumpus. I just finished reading it & though I had, up until now, never read anything you’d written besides your first foray in erotica, I always knew you were a wonderful writer. So please do us all a favor & keep it up.

  2. Will! What a nice surprise to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words. You provided me with amazing friendship and support when I was going through a tumultuous time (and didn’t even realize it!) I am so grateful for everything you did for me, and I miss you dearly. I would love to talk to you again! Please e-mail me whenever you’d like:

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