Michael Thomsen

Michael Thomsen is a writer in New York. His work has appeared in Slate, n+1, Bookforum and The Believer. His memoir Levitate the Primate (2012) is published by Zero Books.

Written by Michael Thomsen

Muhammad Ali receives a blow from Ken Norton during their NABF heavyweight title fight in San Diego, CA, March 1973. Photo by Neil Leifer /Sports Illustrated/Getty

Essay/
Cognition and intelligence
No pain, no game

Pain and suffering are not just incidental elements of the sporting life: they are at the centre of every game

Michael Thomsen