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May 22, Pages. Jun 06, Pages. Will such names one day be looked back upon as the pioneers of a new manifestation of the irrepressible American appetite for competition, money, fame, and self-transformation? They will if the promoters of the newly emerging sport of competitive eating have their way.

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In Horsemen of the EsophagusJason Fagone reports on the year he spent in the belly of this awakening beast. Fagone meets promoters like George Shea, the P.

And it gives the rest of us food for thought about the horrsemen and unlikely places the American Dream can sometimes lead. Also available as an eBook From the Hardcover edition. As the grilled cheeses, the chili, and the oysters disappear down the hatch at a shocking rate, Fagone redefines the phrase fast food and finds in competitive eating a not-entirely-reassuring metaphor for American life.

I love Jason Fagone for recognizing that eating contests make for excellent drama, and I love him for having the tenacity to explore his topic as deeply as he does here, and with such glimmering prose. And as a former speed-eating champion myself I won a pie-eating contest in high school, beating out a young man who later became a Navy SEAL hotsemen, I devoured every word. Also by Jason Fagone.

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