What Would George Plimpton Do (WWGPD?): Highbrow Wrestling Stories (With Guest Insights)

Posted by Jason Diamond

Today The Paris Review published this thing Josh MacIvor-Andersen wrote called “When I got Cable.” It’s awesome because it made me think “gee, that Lorin Stein is really dipping his toes in the low brow river by letting MacIvor-Andersen write about professional wrestling.”  George Plimpton would probably think that MacIvor-Andersen’s piece was “a gas” or something like that.  

I asked my friend Mike Edison what he thought of the piece — mostly because Mike’s pretty much the #1 Man of Letters/Wrestling Expert in the universe. He wrote I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World.

And since Mike wrote such a good book with such a long title, I figured his thoughts on the piece would be an interesting addition to this week’s post.  I didn’t think I’d be given life changing advice.

Mike told me:

“Never trust a dude with a hyphenated last name who roots for the babyfaces.”

So there you have it: guest commentary on this latest edition of “What Would George Plimpton Do” by somebody who is actually an expert on something.