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Whether he was escorting Hunter Thompson to the Fear and Loathing movie premiere in New York or tracking down the California man who launched himself into the upper atmosphere with nothing but a lawn chair and a bunch of weather balloons, Plimpton had a rare knack for finding stories where no one else thought to look. Who but Plimpton would turn up in Las Vegas, notebook in hand, for the annual porn movie awards gala?
Among the many gems collected here are accounts of helping Jackie Kennedy plan an unforgettable children's birthday party, the time he improvised his way through amateur night at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater, and how he managed to get himself kicked out of Exeter just weeks before graduation.
The grand master of what he called "participatory journalism," George Plimpton followed his bent and his genius down the most unbelievable rabbit holes-but he always came up smiling. This exemplary, utterly captivating volume is a fitting tribute to one of the great literary lives of our time.
|The man in the flying lawn chair||3|
|How failing at Exeter made a success out of George Plimpton||25|
|My life with Playboy||43|
|Night of the hunter||59|
|The man who was eaten alive||69|
|I played the Apollo||91|
|I, bon vivant||107|
|A day in the life ...||119|
|Waiting for Gannon||125|
|My last cobra||133|
|A twisted tale||145|
|The cellular age||153|
|In the playpen of the damned||155|
|It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a whiskey submarine!||169|
|My Olympic trials||177|