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Paper Lion George Plimpton

Paper Lion

George Plimpton

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Through the course of a long and distinguished career in letters, George Plimpton has crafted an art form from participatory journalism, and Paper Lion is his big touchdown. In the mid-60s, Plimpton joined the Detroit Lions at their preseason campMoreThrough the course of a long and distinguished career in letters, George Plimpton has crafted an art form from participatory journalism, and Paper Lion is his big touchdown. In the mid-60s, Plimpton joined the Detroit Lions at their preseason camp as a 36-year-old rookie quarterback wannabe, and stuck with the club through an intra-squad game before the paying public a month later. What resulted is one of the funniest and most insightful books ever written on the game- 30 years later it remains a major model of what was then blossoming into New Journalism. Plimptons breezy style wonderfully captures the pressures and tensions rookies confront in trying to make it, the hijinks that pervade the atmosphere when 60 high-strung guys are forced to live together in close quarters, and the host of rites and rituals with which football loves to coat itself. Of course, Plimpton didnt make it as a football hero- he barely accounts himself with dignity on the field, which is just as well. You dont have to be a lion when youve got a typewriter that can roar.