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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Norman Mailer Dead at 84

posted by on November 10 at 6:18 AM


Here’s Charles McGrath’s obit from The New York Times.

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Certainly the end of an era. Anyone who remembers the Cavett show will remember Mailer's unpleasantness.

Maybe I'll attempt "Ancient Evenings" again.

Posted by Bauhaus | November 10, 2007 7:32 AM

I've always found him so personally off-putting I avoided his work.

Maybe now that he's dead, and not a LIVING asshole, I can read something.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | November 10, 2007 9:12 AM

Normally I like personally off-putting authors, but Mailer was never a favorite of mine. However, I did very much like his early journalism, in Esquire, when Esquire was a real magazine, with printed words and everything.

Posted by Fnarf | November 10, 2007 9:31 AM

The Naked and the Dead is a book everyone should read, but the rest of his stuff never grabbed me.

Posted by Matt from Denver | November 10, 2007 10:06 AM

Holy crap you really scared me for a second with that picture. I thought we had lost Judd Hirsch.

Posted by elenchos | November 10, 2007 3:44 PM

He tried to pick up my mom at a bar when she was nineteen (1971). She said he was the case-study of a creepy old man. Reading anything he has written seems to confirm this observation.

Posted by LT L | November 11, 2007 1:42 PM

2: Yes, exactly.

The smartest things I ever heard he'd said were criticisms of George W. Bush's presidency.

Posted by Amelia | November 12, 2007 12:49 PM

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