Mike Lennon remembers when he and Norman Mailer became acquainted. “I saw him on the Dick Cavett show, the famous show when he was on with Gore Vidal and Janet Flanner, and they got into an imbroglio over various issues,” Lennon said. “I wrote him a letter and told him that I thought Vidal had maligned him unfairly. Lo and behold, I got a wonderful long letter back from him.” Then a graduate student at the University of Illinois, Lennon says he was “quite shocked and moved” that the famous author would write him back.
Author J. Michael Lennon will visit the Provincetown Public Library on Friday, August 15 at the invitation of the Board of Library Trustees, to present his New York Times Editor’s Choice book, Norman Mailer: A Double Life, at 5pm in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room. As the current president of the Norman Mailer Society, Lennon will also […]
The personification of cool, however, continued to be the hipster. Norman Mailer, a close reader of Anatole Broyard, was clearly influenced by Broyard’s essays on the subject, but made the connection to black culture even more explicit in “The White Negro.”
Bogging down in J. Michael Lennon’s biography of Norman Mailer, A Double Life, just about the point where I’d have expected. The Naked and the Dead is a bestseller and Mailer’s trying to cope with his newly acquired celebrity—mostly by sleeping with as many women as he can find time to—hanging out in Hollywood, looking to sell the screen rights and struggling to come up with an idea for his next novel.
Lennon captures Mailer’s enormous drive to master his craft, to experiment with form and genre, to build a reputation, and to contend with the large issues of his country and culture for six decades. This biography is not only indispensable for students of Mailer, but also for anyone interested in taking the pulse of the United States through those decades. More and more, Mailer put himself on the stages of literary and political history, shaping both through his participation and shaping our collective memory through his influential, if sometimes abrasive, representations.
This is a quick note to alert those who may be in the environs of two upcoming readings from Norman Mailer: A Double Life. The first event will be at The Mount, former home of Edith Wharton, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on August 4, 4-6 p.m. The reading is sold out, but there is a telecast […]
The Mailer grave on Memorial Day, by Stephen Borkowski. He writes: Memento Mori A long standing tradition in Provincetown is to place a flag on the graves of Veterans for Memorial Day.The large marker commemorating the fallen during the Civil War features the most prominent display with the square plot circled with flags […]