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Posts Tagged ‘George Plimpton’

Jill Abramson Quotes F. Scott Fitzgerald

PhillipsExeterLogoThe list of famous authors who have attended Grade 9-12 New Hampshire institution Phillips Exeter Academy is long and impressive. It includes Peter Benchley, George Plimpton, Gore Vidal and Dan Brown.

However, when former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson spoke to current students there last Thursday at an event sponsored by student newspaper The Exonian, she decided to punctuate her remarks with the words of another name-brand author. From an item by Exeter Newsletter reporter Erik Hawkins:

Abramson closed her talk with praise for F. Scott Fitzgerald and his sense for detail and pacing that is necessary not only in great fiction, but in great journalism and quoting the final line of his landmark novel The Great Gatsby.

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Bruins Goalie George Plimpton Returns to Boston

In spirit at least, in the form of the feature documentary Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself!

The movie screens tonight at the Coolidge Corner Cinema in Brookline, and as WBUR’s Andrea Shea’s interview with the two filmmakers reminds, there’s no better karmic city for this tribute to the great author and journalist than Boston:

“This is the home of two of the teams that George played for,” Luke Poling explained. “He would be the answer to the Jeopardy question of: Who’s the only person to have played with the Bruins and the Celtics?”

Playing goalie for the Bruins is just one example of George Plimpton’s many “amateur intrusions.” As a Sports Illustrated correspondent, he took that old journalist joke about “being an expert for a day” to the extreme and turned his escapades into best-selling books. Poling first discovered Plimpton when he read the writer’s Bruins’ chronicle, Open Net.

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Fulenwider Named Exec Editor Of Marie Claire

AnneFulenwider - 2.jpgHearst Magazine‘s womens’ magazine Marie Claire has named a new executive editor, Anne Fulenwider.

Fulenwider, who will start in her new role on October 13, previously worked at Vanity Fair as contributing project editor, Fanfair editor and then senior articles editor. Before joining Vanity Fair, she had worked as senior editor at The Paris Review and served as the research assistant to George Plimpton while he was writing the book “Truman Capote.”

Related: Hearst-Owned Marie Claire Adds A Hearst To Fashion Dept

Las Vegas Journo: Los Angeles Times Ripped Me Off

coreyelv.jpgFormer Daily Breeze columnist Corey Levitan, has been writing his Fear and Loafing column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal since 2005 — so he says he was surprised to see the same column in the LAT. Particularly with a shiny new byline at the top.

He says he’s not mad about being ripped off (well, not very mad, anyway. But he wants the world to know that he game up with this idea first. So he wrote this letter:

This week, latimes.com began running my column, Fear and Loafing, in which I try on different jobs and lifestyles for the day. They didn’t syndicate it, however. It’s being submitted by Bill Lobdell as Living Vicariously in L.A.

Ever since George Plimpton, reporters have sampled different jobs and written about their experiences. However, Lobdell’s first few jobs, his videos, his mission statement all smack of my six years of nearly killing myself for good copy. (Check out www.fearandloafing.com, and judge for yourself.)

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