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George, Being George: George Plimpton's Life as Told, Admired, Deplored, and Envied by 200 Friends, Relatives, Lovers, Acquaintances, Rivals--and a Few Unappreciative Observers Paperback – October 27, 2009
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1. "George, being George," he once talked the Detroit Lions into letting him participate in their pre-season program and was even allowed to play (as QB, of course) in one of the team's scrimmages games.
2. Immediately after Robert Kennedy was shot, he helped to subdue Sirhan Sirhan.
3. Decided that he was uniquely prepared to conduct oral histories of Truman [Capote] and Edie [Sedgwick] and, of course, he did.
4. Agreed to serve as the first editor of The Paris Review that was co-founded in 1952 by Peter Matthiessen, Thomas H. Guinzburg, and Harold L. Humes. He remained in that position until
5. Also pitched against Major League players prior to an All-Star game.
His other adventures and misadventures include sparring with professional boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson, participating in a pre-season scrimmage with the Baltimore Colts action against his previous team, the Lions, briefly playing goalie for the Boston Bruins, competing with an 18 handicap against PGA players such as Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, losing badly in a tennis match with Richard ("Pancho") Gonzales, and failing in an audition to join the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus as an aerialist.Read more ›
Readers who want to experience this sensibility might purchase The Paris Review Anthology, which provides highlights from this literary magazine from 1953 to 1987. While Plimpton's written contributions to this anthology are limited to introductions, the authors he spotted and promoted are truly an A-list in American letters. In the section of this book headed 1981-1987, for example, the Paris Review published fiction from such authors as Bass, Boyle, Carver, Gass, McInerney, Minot, Rush, and Simpson. And, it published poems from Ashberry, Brodkey, Brodsky, Galassi, Heaney, and Hustvedt. To spot and/or promote these talents was clearly a great service to people who enjoy literature.
GEORGE, BEING GEORGE also establishes that the Paris Review, while a distinguished literary journal, was chronically short of money. But Plimpton kept the ship afloat through his charm, which helped him secure patrons, as well as generous cash infusions from his own bank account.Read more ›
It's just wonderful.
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I just loved this book! If your a Plimpton fan it's enriching.Published 20 months ago by Jon Sherry
I think George Plimpton would have enjoyed this story of his life. The oral history format works very well here, with many different voices presenting their memories of this... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mark Pollack
You've got to love George. If you do, you might be inclined to enjoy this very much.Published 22 months ago by wiremesa
Mediocre book describing a blue-blood (who added plenty of alcohol to his veins), and who glorified in the mysogenistic '50s and '60s, contributing little besides his name and his... Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by William Boot
George being George is one of those rare books that you want never to end. It is filled with witty anecdotes, about a man with a wide circle of friends of all kinds. Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by A. C.
Who cares? He had it handed to him on a platter. Where's the story when there is no struggle; where's the character? Everyone loved George. Great. Yawn. Read morePublished on April 22, 2009 by M. Smith
Plimpton was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and proceeded to spit it out and make a fun, fascinating life out of friends, ideas and fireworksPublished on April 3, 2009 by Kindle Customer
For those who didn't catch his wave, George Plimpton was, for forty years, the celebratory firework of the New York arts scene. Read morePublished on February 4, 2009 by Charles Bookman
I thought this book was a fun read. Plimpton was a very interesting man. I'm pretty sure I read one of his amateur-pro books about 20 years ago, probably Paper Lion. Read morePublished on January 2, 2009 by Daniel Holland