“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 - 7th August, 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 dear reader too.  George Plimpton, himself who sits at the core of this issue has been an idol of my life for many years.

August, 2019

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.

August, 2019

Upon turning 41 I wrote this piece about why I'd started writing in the first place.

Coca Cola Chaud

August, 2019

A wonderful anecdote in the documentary "The Paris Review ...Early Chapters" has XXX, (who believed that Parisians secretly followed American emigres in their tastes) ordering hot Coca-Cola in cafes in order to start a trend that would see Parisians do the same.  Needless to say it never quite caught on.

Paris Review Back Issues

Although primarily a literary journal The Paris Review achieved a wonderful aesthetic.   The early covers paricularly are exquisite.

Dinner at Elaine's

April, 2020

The website "The Moth" features a wonderful recording of George Plimpton recounting a tale of taking an aspiring (or perhaps a despairing writer to Elaine's Restaurant. 

Brasserie Lipp or Paris Google Maps

August, 2019

Entering the world of F.E. Castleberry is like going through a door into a Guggenheim of Good Taste.  Fred is a natural curator.  His louchely-preppy style a relaxed disguise for someone so studiously bookish in his discovery of source material and in the time and passion invested in creating his own unique aesthetic.  Browsing his collection is like reading the pages of Glenn O’Brien — simple words assembled together to create great wisdom.  It makes me want to steal a great artwork if only to order a new wardrobe.

The Great Man

April, 2020

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."

August, 2019

Entering the world of F.E. Castleberry is like going through a door into a Guggenheim of Good Taste.  Fred is a natural curator.  His louchely-preppy style a relaxed disguise for someone so studiously bookish in his discovery of source material and in the time and passion invested in creating his own unique aesthetic.  Browsing his collection is like reading the pages of Glenn O’Brien — simple words assembled together to create great wisdom.  It makes me want to steal a great artwork if only to order a new wardrobe.

Bar Hemingway

April, 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.

Fin!  

You've reached the end of this issue.  Back issues available below.

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Issue 3 - 2020 - Pre-Release Edition

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