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Book Title: Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback|
The author of the book: George Plimpton
Edition: Lyons Press
Date of issue: September 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9781599210056
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 19.44 MB
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I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed me for it too, but of course, I haven't paid them yet. Sure, I've meant to; and I did take a trip to the BART lost-and-found to see if it turned up there, but as far as actually mailing in a check. Naw. Didn't do that. What's the total worst thing about this is that the version I checked out was an original first edition hardcover, which now it's lost forever on the rails.
I can only hope that whomever snagged the thing instead of returning it to the library has actually bothered to read effete journalist George Plimpton's account getting the living snot tackled out of him in the Detroit Lions training camp. What's most striking about this book is how much big sports in America has changed from the still-working class feel of a Lions training camp held at a boarding school with players crammed into narrow dorm rooms. Where today's barons of industry pride themselves on their season tickets and Superbowl seats, Plimpton serves to report on the then rough-hewn world of sport for astonished Northeastern bluebloods of his time.
Before you dismiss this review as the work of a scofflaw who only got through 167 pages of it before losing it on the train, I had read this book once before. It was a beat-up, old paperback with Alan Alda in a Lions uniform, kneeling and looking all sensitive. Alda whined his way through a movie version of the book that I tried to watch on "Movies 'Til Dawn" a couple of times. The real Plimpton has a kind of playful awe at getting his bones crushed by 250 pounds of Dick "Night Train" Lane that Alda just doesn't capture with his more emo approach to the material.
Wrapping this all up, I just found out that Berkeley Public has a copy of James Baldwin's "The Devil Finds Work," a book I'm dying to read. I guess it's finally time go and pay that fine.
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Read information about the authorGeorge Ames Plimpton was an American journalist, writer, editor, actor, and gamesman. He is widely known for his sports writing and for helping to found The Paris Review.
He was the grandson of George A. Plimpton.
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