Hard Bones tells the story of my relationship to Muay Thai and eventual pilgrimage to Thailand in search of authentic training and to heal my body and brain. Through that narrative, I discuss Thailand’s Covid-19 response, the Thai pro-democracy movement, racism in US housing policy, and the converging movements for racial and economic justice in the US. There are also themes of loneliness, isolation, alienation, mental illness, masculinity, tourism, Buddhism, and radical self-love. I hope that this book can help people find some hope in these dark days. I’ve included links to the books that inspired my ideas and writing style.