‘Goffman Sent Me,’ featuring Muhammad Ali, Rocky Graziano, Tony Zale, Norman Mailer and Joey from South Philly, Part 3 (conclusion)

Enemies of Reading | June 29th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Goffman, boss of bosses where I was concerned, was waiting for my report. Everything, absolutely everything, I collected by eavesdropping among the natives of the “Mike Douglas Show,” on TV. His deadline was December 16. He wanted it typed, double-spaced. “If you’re not done typing it, turn in the handwritten manuscript. If […]

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‘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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