Revisiting George Plimpton’s report from the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Juliet Escoria checks in with Mary Miller, Jen Doll on why House Hunters matters, and more.
Poetry in Motion: Can You Learn to Run Faster by Reading Books?
In writing about the art of sport, and the potential poetics of these games, there is a temptation to chase secret mechanics in the language of memoirs, biographies, histories, and the like. I’m always looking for a captivating, well-written book that will offer insights not merely into the experiences of athletes – teamwork, practice, composure – but the hard data of the game. How to Throw a Curveball, How to Rebound, How to Render an Opponent Unconscious. This pursuit is […]
What Would George Plimpton Do (WWGPD)?: Lorin Stein’s John Hancock
Posted by Jason Diamond If you’re thrifty and want to support a great literary magazine/institution, forty five bucks will get you a year subscription to The Paris Review, AND editor Lorin Stein will send you a holiday card with a customized message to you. We’d suggest asking him to comment on allegations that he’s a pimp, or getting him to say “Vol. 1 Brooklyn is my favorite blog.”
Bites: Google Mapping Plimpton, Last of the Yiddish Poets, Helping a Fug, Bukowski Poems, and More
I’m just going to go ahead and steal The Book Bench description of this because there isn’t a better way to describe it. “An essay about George Plimpton written on…Google Maps.” Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Philip Glass, and others, played a benefit for Tuli Kupferberg of The Fugs. Yiddish poet, Abraham Sutzkever has passed away. 3 Bukowski poems. Impose on Michael Gira of Swans, Angels of Light, etc. Everything you need to know to get into Wordsworth. This is the […]