A collection of pieces the author wrote in fairly recent years for the Atlantic Monthly, Holiday, Life, but mainly Harper's,...

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THE OLD MAN: And Lesser Mortals

A collection of pieces the author wrote in fairly recent years for the Atlantic Monthly, Holiday, Life, but mainly Harper's, from which he resigned along with other editors after the Willie Morris debacle. The down home touch of a Texas boy surprised he really made it in the world of big names (which he tends to drop) comes through in most of his articles, be they about politicians, football heroes, fading comics, country-western singers, lawyers, his father, being a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. An old-fashioned liberal rather sentimental about the passing of the good old days, his articles unfortunately remain in limbo somewhere between mere reportage and in-depth journalism; he is present (in a New Journalistic sense) in his interviews and comments, but without the stylistic panache of a Wolfe, the imagination of a Mailer, or the painstaking close study of other lives as a Capote. Mediocre, all the way.

Pub Date: Jan. 28, 1973

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Publisher: Viking

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1973