By David Remnick, A. J. Liebling
Author note: David Remnick (Introduction)
The eating places of the Latin region and the town rooms of midtown ny; the beachhead of Normandy and the boxing gyms of instances sq.; the trackside haunts of bookmakers and the shadowy redoubts of Southern politicians--these are the locations that A.J. Liebling exhibits to us in his unforgettable New Yorker articles, introduced jointly right here in order that a brand new iteration of readers may notice Liebling as though for the 1st time.
Born 100 years in the past, Abbott Joseph "Joe" Liebling used to be the 1st of the great New Yorker writers, a colourful and tireless determine who helped set the magazine's urbane variety. at the present time, he's most sensible referred to as a celebrant of the "sweet science" of boxing or as a "feeder" who ravishes the reader along with his descriptions of nutrients and wine. yet as David Remnick, a Liebling devotee, indicates in his fond and insightful creation, Liebling used to be a author bounded in simple terms via his intelligence, flavor, and ardor for all times. Like his nemesis William Randolph Hearst, he replaced the foundations of contemporary journalism, banishing the differences among reporting and storytelling, among information and paintings. no matter what his function, Liebling is a such a lot companionable determine, and to learn the items during this grand and beneficiant booklet is to be swept alongside on an exhilarating experience in an international of self belief males, rogues, press barons and political cronies, with an inimitable author as one's consultant.
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