Part I
Tomorrow night before a sold-out crowd of almost 400 people, I will enter the ring against David "The Impact Addict" Leslie. For one night at least, I will stop being the writer Jonathan Ames and will become the fighter Jonathan "The Herring Wonder" Ames. Or just Herring, as my friends have come to call me. And for those of you who are coming late to this story of my boxing match, I should explain that I am called "The Herring Wonder" because I see myself as a reincarnated Lower East Side Jewish boxer, and part of my training is to eat a lot of herring?a fish of unusual strength, which many people don't know. I'm also hoping to have herring breath?also very strong?the night of the fight to act as repellent during clinches.