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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

October 18th, 2002

In 1904, American gourmand and journalist A.J. (Abbott Joseph) Liebling (The Road Back to Paris, 1944) is born in New York City.

A.J. Liebling, b. October 18, 1904, d. 1963

lieblingOne of the best of a generation of great journalists, many of them nurtured by The New Yorker, Liebling claimed to be able to write faster than anyone who could write better and better than anyone who could write faster. He was also a legendary talker and eater. His books, which range over topics from France to boxing to gastronomy, are fortunately all in print again, and they reveal a journalist both of and ahead of his time: old-fashioned reportage mixed with New Journalism “personalism.” Wonderful, vivid stuff.

Suggested Reading Books Back Where I Came From, 1938. The Telephone Booth Indian, 1942. The Road Back to Paris, 1944. The Wayward Pressman, 1947. Chicago: The Second City, 1952. The Honest Rainmaker: The Life and Times of Colonel John R. Stingo, 1953. The Sweet Science, 1956.

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