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Whangity-Whang-Whang

Ian Hamilton, 28 May 1992

Damon Runyon: A Life 
by Jimmy Breslin.
Hodder, 410 pp., £17.99, March 1992, 0 340 57034 2
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... of a verb in the past tense [and] I will lay six to five that it is nothing but a misprint.’ Jimmy Breslin reckons that Runyon caught the habit either from Samuel Taylor Coleridge or from listening to hoodlums testifying evasively at court hearings. A more likely bet is that he caught it from Ring Lardner, from whom he picked up several other ...

Golden Boy

Alison Weir, 18 February 1988

Quiet Rage: Bernie Goetz and the Shootings on the New York Subway 
by Lillian Rubin.
Faber, 265 pp., £4.95, October 1987, 0 571 14944 8
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... Rubin commends the few commentators brave enough to swim against the tide of Goetz adulation. Jimmy Breslin of the Daily News spoke for the horror-struck onlookers – as many as 50 per cent were against Goetz, though they were less vocal than his admirers – when he said: ‘We in New York have arrived at that sourest of all moments, when people ...

Short Cuts

Christian Lorentzen: The Weiner Trilogy, 29 August 2013

... fifth, though not last, in that summer’s Democratic primary. His running mate, the columnist Jimmy Breslin, got 11 per cent in the race for City Council president. ‘I found out,’ he later said, ‘I was running with Ezra Pound.’ Nothing of the pair’s campaign platform was absorbed into city politics, unless you count the public bicycles that ...

Who’s sorry now?

Andrew O’Hagan: Michael Finkel gets lucky, 2 June 2005

True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa 
by Michael Finkel.
Chatto, 312 pp., £15.99, May 2005, 0 7011 7688 1
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Burning Down My Master’s House 
by Jayson Blair.
New Millennium, 288 pp., $24.95, March 2004, 9781932407266
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The Journalist and the Murderer 
by Janet Malcolm.
Granta, 163 pp., £8.99, January 2004, 1 86207 637 5
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... to give evidence, along with William F. Buckley, from a list that included Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin and Victor Navasky), said that a writer was always wholly justified in being untrue in his relationship with a subject. Here is how the exchange went in court: Q: Is there a custom or practice in the literary world about whether or not an ...

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