"Whatever his or her social
status, the writer, if good, should have no trouble inspecting a
society, however complex, other than his or her own.
March, 18, 1927 Birthplace: New York City
"He was the only honest thing in the country at the time."
George Plimpton about racehorse Secretariat in 1973.
George Plimpton wrote a story for a Sports
Illustrated April Fools joke. It was about a Mets rookie pitcher who had a
168 mph fastball. The piece included faked photos and quotes from actual
Mets who were in on the joke.
Four Decades of Sports Illustrated's Finest Writing on America's Favorite
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the Twentieth Century's Preeminent Writers
X Factor: A Quest for Excellence
"I think Truman (Capote) was essentially a very sad person. His
stories suggested that, and I think a lot of his bravado, so evident
in the later years, was a desperate attempt to hide that fact."
Will Hunting (1997)
Were Kings (1996)
The Magic of Pyrotechnics (1995)
Man Tate (1991)
and His Money (1989)
If Ever I
See You Again (1978)
"The pitcher is the happiest with his arm idle. He prefers to
dawdle in the present, knowing as soon as he gets on the mound and
starts his windup, he delivers himself to the uncertainty of the
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