John McCormick

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  • 14 years ago | Books

    Bums play pool, gentlemen play billiards. I noticed it the minute I lit in Chicago. The pool tables were either in the back of the room, or in the basement, so that the pool players wouldn‘t bother the billiard players. If you walked in a joi...

  • 15 years ago | Books

    Like many writers, Gavin Lambert was originally drawn to Los Angeles to work in the movies. Once here, he made his lifelong passion for film and particularly Hollywood the focal point of his work, writing fiction, screenplays and biographies. For ...

  • 15 years ago | Travel

    All my life I wanted to get to a place where I never had to get out of bed. In January 1998, I got my wish. I was supine in the bone-marrow-transplant unit of City of Hope. A little case of CML leukemia. Lying there, I frequently looked out the...

  • 15 years ago | Longform

    On 30 January 2000 at 8:38 p.m., I listed a 45 rpm record by a band called the Maids on eBay. I included photographs of the front and back of the paper sleeve and the following description: The Maids were a short-lived Berkeley garage band that ha...

  • 15 years ago | Books

    Photo by James Keyser Ian Frazier cut his professional teeth writing humor pieces for The New Yorker. Since the publication of Dating Your Mom in 1986, he has migrated to essay writing on subjects as diverse as Héloise (yes, that Hél...

  • 16 years ago

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