“There are people who would perhaps call me a dilettante because it looks like I’m having too much fun. I have never been convinced there’s anything inherently wrong in having fun.” - George Plimpton
The Senior Issue #7
Issue 7 - November 12th, 2020
This issue was born in concept in May but due to other concerns has taken much too long to pull together. My changing tastes and interests, which seem to vary with the seasons, meant that as time progressed too the initial impetus of inspiration was lost. I thought about hanging it altogether but then looked back and read what I had already prepared and that inspired me to finish what I'd started. Hopefully it might inspire or at least entertain you too. George Plimpton, who is largely at the core of this issue, has been a great inspiration to me throughout my life.
April 25th, 2020
Rights issues have made it difficult to find since its initial release but Plimpton! the wonderful documentary is well worth seeking out. My favourite portion of the film is the touching moment George's son reads his fathers "Things every man should do before he dies" I've reproduced this here. Do look out for the film.
The documentary "Paris Review - The Early Chapters" relates the tale of how Max Steel was so convinced that Parisians were prone to copying the tastes of Americans. To test the theory he would order hot Coca-Cola very audibly in Parisian cafes to try and start a traceable trend.
"George Plimpton, the New York aristocrat and literary journalist whose exploits in editing and writing seesawed between belles lettres and the witty accounts he wrote of his various madcap attempts to slip into other people's high-profile careers, died yesterday at his home in Manhattan."
A footnote or indeed a foundation to my following Hemingway around the world via a shared joy of imbibing.
The Great Man
A wonderful reminiscence of George by Terry McDonnell from his own memoir features on the Paris Review's website. Amongst the highlights - "George couldn’t remember names, especially men’s names, but that didn’t matter. “There’s the great man,” he would say at his parties, and the unnamed guest would beam. “There’s the great man” is how George once greeted a kid delivering a pizza."
Paris Review Back Issues
Although primarily a literary journal The Paris Review achieved a wonderful aesthetic. The early covers are particularly rich and defined a visual style which still echoes in the Paris Review to this day.
Dinner at Elaine's
The website "The Moth" features a wonderful recording of George Plimpton recounting a delightfully funny tale of taking an aspiring writer to Elaine's Restaurant.
April 25th. 2020
Upon turning 41 I wrote this piece about why I'd started writing in the first place. Heavily inspired by George Plimpton.
August 5th, 2020
The Senior's bar stories continue with The Bar Hemingway. This is a long one. Best enjoyed on a large screen device and perhaps with 51 martinis.
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