‘Goffman sent me,’ featuring Muhammad Ali, Rocky Graziano, Tony Zale, Norman Mailer and … uh … Joey from South Philly, Part 1

Enemies of Reading | June 15th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore The one and only time I met Muhammad Ali I also met Joey Giardello, the former middleweight boxing champ from East Passyunk. Joey made a bigger impression on me. That’s because he nearly got me in trouble with my boss down at Penn, Erving Goffman. I worked for Goffman at the time […]

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‘Now and at the Hour of Our Death’

Enemies of Reading | June 2nd, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore The single most beautiful, inspiring, touching, and moving book I have read this year is set in Portugal. I’ve been wanting to recommend it in this column since I first read it in January but feared I would not be able to do justice to its simple beauty. One is sometimes tempted […]

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Penetrating ideas: Some bookish ideas put to the test

Enemies of Reading | April 20th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Last week’s issue of the New Yorker magazine (April 18) offered an interesting article about the anniversary of the “International Brigade,” the foreigners who volunteered for the Spanish Civil War back in the 1930s. (The American contingent was called the “Lincoln Brigade.”) The history itself, the motives of the combatants, and the […]

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