Last year, Mike Tyson staged a one-man Broadway show, directed by Spike Lee, called “Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth.” In November, the boxing legend published an autobiography by the same title. And now comes this: a short letter in The Wall Street Journal where Iron Mike lists the philosophy and history texts he’s reading these days. The list includes:
- The Quotable Kierkegaard, edited by Gordon Marino, “a collection of awesome quotes from that great Danish philosopher.”
[Note: Nietzsche is his favorite philosopher. Says Tyson, “He’s just insane. You have to have an IQ of at least 300 to truly understand him.”
- Alexander the Great: The Macedonian Who Conquered the World by Sean Patrick.
Why? Because “Alexander kept pushing forward. He didn’t want to have to go home and be dominated by his mother.” The same impulse drove Tyson to box his way out of Brownsville, Brooklyn. That’s all covered in his autobiography.
What else is Tyson reading? Love letters. He mentions Napoleon’s love letters to Josephine, and Virginia Woolf’s letter to her husband before committing suicide. Tyson then quips “I don’t really do any light reading, just deep, deep stuff. I’m not a light kind of guy.”
Get more at The Wall Street Journal.