Urbane & witty

Urbane & witty: George Plimpton, the New York aristocrat and literary
journalist, died yesterday at his home in Manhattan (NY Times, registration required). He was the unpaid editor of The Paris Review for 50 years. Anyone who grew up in the 60s and 70s, however, can recall him being famous for his “paticipatory journalism” for Sports Illustrated and others. For that, and for his ubiquitous self-parodying appearances on programs like Mike Douglas, Dick Cavett, Hollywood Squares and even The Simpsons.