Lieberman: We get one day of practice on Gladiators . They introduce us to the gladiators and I go over to one of the girls, touch her bicep. I say, “You’re stronger than my husband,” and she just glares at me. They didn’t know my sarcasm. I’m like, “This Q-tip thing [Joust] can’t be that hard.” Next thing I know, my opponent is snapping my head backwards. . ., can I try the gerbil-cage thing [Atlasphere]? I can’t get rolling. I try climbing the Wall. They give me a 10-second head start, but I’m halfway up when I feel a hand grab me and rip me off. This is practice . The show was a disaster. I was one of the first eliminated; I took my $3,000 and went home with my health.
"Dan Clark possesses the emotional honesty, humility and depth together with the innate
literary talent and stylistic sensibility to execute this memoir with stunning eloquence and
power. His lean, muscular prose never wavers off course as it leads us through his
unspeakable loss, overwhelming success and ultimately into a kind of acceptance and
redemption. As readers, we are fortunate that not all talented writers march automatically
through grad school and into publication; some first become comics and undertakers and
whalers and American Gladiators."
-AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS, author Running with Scissors
"Clark played the character "Nitro" on the television series American Gladiators, and if you only read one book on vacation this year, this has to be it." ~ Chuck Palahniuk, author Fight Club --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.