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Old 11-10-2007, 03:05 PM
infinitejester infinitejester is offline
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Default Norman Mailer R.I.P.

Norman Mailer dead at age 84

Mailer was always one of my favorite writers. Controversial, wildly inconsistent, and considered by many to be a misogynist prick amongst other things, he was undeniably one of the literary greats of the twentieth century. His oversized personality often overshadowed his output, but he leaves behind a uniquely varied oeuvre that stands on its own merits. Recommended reading: The Naked and the Dead, The Armies of the Night, An American Dream, The Executioner's Song, Tough Guys Don't Dance.

R.I.P. Mr. Mailer, you deserve it after a tumultuous and brilliant life.
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Old 11-10-2007, 04:13 PM
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god, the Naked and The Dead is phenomenal...
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:33 PM
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Default Re: Norman Mailer R.I.P.

R.I.P
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Old 11-11-2007, 07:00 AM
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Default Re: Norman Mailer R.I.P.

Mailer's corrospondence with Jack Abbott (Abbotts letters; I think the book was called 'beast in the belly' or something) was amazing and forever memorable. Shame about the trouble it landed him in upon getting the guy released.

Sad to think my generation will never have the same class of writers as Mailer. RIP.
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Old 11-11-2007, 02:14 PM
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I enjoyed Tough Guys Don't Dance. Mailer led quite a life.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:31 PM
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Default Re: Norman Mailer R.I.P.

I loved his rants but never got around to reading his books. Wouldn't mind picking up The Naked and the Dead sometime.
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Old 11-11-2007, 09:33 PM
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Default Re: Norman Mailer R.I.P.

The video of his famous caught-on-camera fight with actor Rip Torn is here

Edit: Mailer bites off a piece of Torn's ear.
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Old 11-12-2007, 09:59 AM
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Default Re: Norman Mailer R.I.P.

Though not a surprise (he fell ill many weeks ago) Norman will be fuggin missed.
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Old 11-12-2007, 01:33 PM
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What was that fight about anyway?
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Old 11-12-2007, 02:41 PM
KilgoreTrout KilgoreTrout is offline
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Default Re: Norman Mailer R.I.P.

Fresh Air was just replaying the 1991 Mailer interview. I couldn't find a transcript on theNPR site but there's lots of other stuff there.
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