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Just Enough Liebling

Classic Work by the Legendary New Yorker Writer

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The restaurants of the Latin Quarter and the city rooms of midtown Manhattan; the beachhead of Normandy and the boxing gyms of Times Square; the trackside haunts of bookmakers and the shadowy redoubts of Southern politicians--these are the places that A.J. Liebling shows to us in his unforgettable New Yorker articles, brought together here so that a new generation of readers might discover Liebling as if for the first time.

Born a hundred years ago, Abbott Joseph "Joe" Liebling was the first of the great New Yorker writers, a colorful and tireless figure who helped set the magazine's urbane style. Today, he is best known as a celebrant of the "sweet science" of boxing or as a "feeder" who ravishes the reader with his descriptions of food and wine. But as David Remnick, a Liebling devotee, suggests in his fond and insightful introduction, Liebling was a writer bounded only by his intelligence, taste, and ardor for life. Like his nemesis William Randolph Hearst, he changed the rules of modern journalism, banishing the distinctions between reporting and storytelling, between news and art. Whatever his role, Liebling is a most companionable figure, and to read the pieces in this grand and generous book is to be swept along on a thrilling adventure in a world of confidence men, rogues, press barons and political cronies, with an inimitable writer as one's guide.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 26, 2004 – As one of the first top New Yorker writers in the 1930s and beyond, Liebling helped set the magazine's sophisticated, urbane tone, and his essays are crackling enough to remain unique decades later. The writer took on a range of subjects, from the earthy to the urbane, and blurred the line between reportage and essay writing. Remnick isolates the qualities that made Liebling a powerful force in the magazine's early years, noting that his work was almost invariably vibrant, no matter the topic. Heady words, considering the breadth of subjects in this volume; Liebling's discourses are stuffed with the observations of a savvy globetrotter. Even as a child, he created a "small personal Olympus" that included George Washington, Lillian Russell and Enrico Caruso, and he explains the quirks that landed each in his affections. As an adult, Liebling was fond of food, preferably foreign, and boxing, especially bare knuckled. Also included is considerable WWII reporting, blending description with minor detail. Throughout, Liebling's style is zesty, lifting readers up with erudition, but keeping them grounded: "In the light of what Proust wrote with so mild a stimulus, it is the world's loss that he did not have a heartier appetite." Fans of gourmand and bon vivant Liebling won't have the same complaint.
Just Enough Liebling
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  • Category: Essays
  • Published: Oct 05, 2005
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 560 Pages
  • Language: English
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