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VERY Curious George: George Plimpton, the Paris Review, the CIA and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy


George Plimp­ton



The death of Robert F. Kennedy

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COMMENT: In a past post, we not­ed the pro­found rela­tion­ship [4] between the pres­ti­gious “pro­gres­sive” lit­er­ary peri­od­i­cal The Paris Review and the CIA.

Exem­pli­fy­ing what is known as “the left CIA,” the agents and assets grac­ing the pages of the Paris Review com­prise a sig­nif­i­cant ele­ment of post-World War II Amer­i­can literati and intel­li­gentsia.

The pub­li­ca­tion was edit­ed by George Plimp­ton, per­haps best known for his book Paper Lion [5].

The lat­est issue of Van­i­ty Fair con­tains a short  arti­cle about George Plimp­ton. 

In this sto­ry, we find an inter­est­ing and, per­haps, very sig­nif­i­cant detail about Plimp­ton’s career.

Plimp­ton was at Robert F. Kennedy’s [6] elbow at the Ambas­sador Hotel [7] the night he was killed [8] and “dis­armed the attacker”–a pre­sumed ref­er­ence to pat­sy Sirhan Sirhan [9].

Although one cer­tain­ly can­not draw con­clu­sions from this, it rais­es some inter­est­ing ques­tions:

We should not fail to note that the assas­si­na­tion of Robert F. Kennedy [10] is again under scruti­ny [11], and may wind up back in court. 

“Curi­ous George” by A. M. Homes; Van­i­ty Fair; June, 2013. [12]

EXCERPT: . . . .He would sort of pop up around the edges of these impor­tant moments in his­to­ry. For exam­ple, he was stand­ing next to Robert Kennedy when he was assas­si­nat­ed in Los Ange­les, and George lit­er­al­ly helped dis­arm and sub­due the attack­er,” says Bean. . . .