Certainly the end of an era. Anyone who remembers the Cavett show will remember Mailer's unpleasantness.
Maybe I'll attempt "Ancient Evenings" again.
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.
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.
The Naked and the Dead is a book everyone should read, but the rest of his stuff never grabbed me.
Holy crap you really scared me for a second with that picture. I thought we had lost Judd Hirsch.
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.
2: Yes, exactly.
The smartest things I ever heard he'd said were criticisms of George W. Bush's presidency.
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