Norman Mailer dies at 84
Posted 10 November 2007 - 08:30 AM
This one quite shocked me, I would have thought he had another 10 years at least. I didn't get to big chunks of his work until the last 2 years, and they have all affected me powerfully--a truly baroque and profuse talent.
Posted 10 November 2007 - 09:04 PM
RIP Norman Mailer.
Posted 12 November 2007 - 11:13 AM
I can think of many ways in which Mailerís writing annoyed me even when I liked it and yet I was always grateful to have him around. I, too, find it hard to believe heís gone Ė he was on Charlie Rose not long ago talking about his Hitler book and seemed very hale. But at that age one never knows.
He may very well have been the last of his kind Ė our Big Writer in journalism and fiction, the successor to Hemingway in that role, for better and worse. Iím not sure if itís possible for a novelist to hold that kind of position in our culture and public life any more (or even if todayís writers aspire to it). May he rest in peace Ė although he probably wonít be too happy resting in peace and will doubtless be working on a way to harangue us from the Great Beyond.
Posted 12 November 2007 - 02:12 PM
An American Dream
Of a Fire on the Moon
Parts of Barbary Coast
His campaign convention pieces
Harlotís Ghost Ė okay, I didnít read the whole thing
The Executionerís Song
Why Are We in Vietnam?
Marilyn Ė he did it for the moolah and itís fast and lazy, but itís also got great stuff only he would think of
Posted 12 November 2007 - 02:31 PM
Posted 12 November 2007 - 02:58 PM
Posted 12 November 2007 - 05:01 PM
Here is the Postscript by Louis Menard from the 10 November 07 issue of the magazine.
Posted 12 November 2007 - 07:35 PM
It's a Mailer book for people who really like Mailer. (I could have finished it, but I became distracted unavoidably by something else and never returned to it.)
'The Executioner's Song' is the Mailer book for people who don't really like Mailer, although it's a great book.
Posted 26 November 2007 - 11:50 AM
Posted 26 November 2007 - 01:39 PM
Nice Robert Silvers couple of paragraphs and links to reviews of Mailer books and reviews by Mailer himself, including the first issue: He reviewed McCarthy's 'The Group', and she also reviews Burroughs in that issue. I want to get to these shortly.
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