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One Ring Zero

Shortly before his death in 2003 the droll essayist and bon vivant George Plimpton invited some friends to Central Park for a 50th birthday celebration—not for himself but for the Paris Review, the beloved literary journal he founded and edited for half a century.

frieze, Issue 86, Oct 2004

Shortly before his death in 2003 the droll essayist and bon vivant George Plimpton invited some friends to Central Park for a 50th birthday celebration — not for himself but for the Paris Review, the beloved literary journal he founded and edited for half a century. Among the gathering of writers, poets and readers were the author Paul Auster and the musical duo One Ring Zero — Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp — who performed 'Natty Man Blues', a brooding tune with lyrics by Auster. Played like a sea shanty written by landlocked gypsies, Auster's swagger — 'Since I mean to sin wherever I am/Since I mean to sin whenever I can/I'll cross the river into old Kentuck'/Find me some skirt and a change of luck' — was more a Faulknerian Southern Gothic to-do list than pop song fodder.

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