Hurt Yourself

In Executive Pursuit of Action, Danger, and a Decent-Looking Pair of Swim Trunks

Harry Hurt III

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Harry Hurt III is a journalist and professional dilettante who puts it all on the line in the search for freedom and joy in the most unlikely of places. And the likely ones, too.

Whether he’s flying a vintage Mustang, risking his neck at polo, or risking his dignity dancing with the New York City Ballet, Hurt gives the readers of his “Executive Pursuits” columns in The New York Times a Plimpton-esque glimpse of the adventures hidden just around the corner.

Hurt writes about hedonism, but the columns collected for the first time here in Hurt Yourself are really about finding fulfillment as a man in the second half of his life. He writes about marriage, as he gets into, and out of, trouble with wife; fatherhood, as he struggles to connect with his son; and manhood, as he battles the demons of vanity, insecurity, and fear.

Through it all, Hurt tackles each premise—from playing quarterback for the New York Jets to finding a swim suit a middle-aged man can actually wear—with self-deprecating humor and an unfailingly honest journalist’s eye.

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I’m Here to See a Man About a Suit

I went looking for a custom suit like some wiseacre detective named Jake in a .lm noir, only to wind up in Chinatown on the hottest damn day of the summer so far. The sidewalks were packed tighter than subway cars at rush hour; the air smelled like pork fried rust. Vendors were hawking $5 soap bubble guns, and the red and gold Chinese characters plastered on the banks, the Buddhist temple, the fish market, and the retail stores looked like they were about to melt into candle wax.

I stumbled down the pavement, toting a tall kitchen garbage bag

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"Harry Hurt's book is a delight. I'd always wondered what executives did when they weren't ... um ... executing. Now I know. The lesson of this book is that our nation's economy would be in better shape if corporate bigwigs did the things described herein all day and never went to work."

—P.J. O'Rourke, award-winning author of On The Wealth of Nations

"Harry Hurt goes almost stride for stride with the master, George Plimpton, as a daring amateur who will try his not-so-amateurish hand at almost anything—polo, violin playing, sky diving—and make you smile at what unpredictably went wrong."

—James Salter, author of A Sport and a Pastime

"Harry Hurt III is the real deal."

—Jim Kelly, Editorial Director, Time Inc.

"Harry Hurt lives out our fantasies with great style in these delightful essays. This quirky and wry narrative is a joy to read."

—Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and His Universe

"Harry's column about getting a custom suit in Chinatown was one of the funniest things I've ever read."

—Gael Greene, author of Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess


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Harry Hurt III

Harry Hurt III is an award-winning journalist and the author of six nonfiction books. He lives in Sag Harbor, New York.

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Hurt Yourself
In Executive Pursuit of Action, Danger, and a Decent-Looking Pair of Swim Trunks
Harry Hurt III

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St. Martin's Press
September 2008
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ISBN: 9781429986250
ISBN10: 1429986255
5 x 7 1/8 inches, 224 pages, Includes sixteen pages of color photographs
$7.99
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