Honoring ‘Moby-Dick’ and the Art of Letter Writing

Two Westport residents with long ties to Provincetown, J. Michael Lennon and Donna Pedro Lennon, recently donated a rare copy of that Harper’s issue to the Provincetown Public Library to mark the town’s establishment of an annual public reading of “Moby-Dick.’’ Lennon, author of the acclaimed biography “Norman Mailer: A Double Life,” received the volume as a birthday gift from his brother about 30 years ago.

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TLS Voices

The Times Literary Supplement interviews Mike about literary giants and Robert Gottlieb. Listen below.

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Editor, Edit Thyself

As an editor-in-chief at two American publishing houses, Simon and Schus­ter and Alfred A. Knopf, from the mid-1960s through the late 80s, and as the Editor of the New Yorker from 1982–97, Robert Gottlieb has coddled and hectored more important American writers (and some British) than anyone since Maxwell Perkins dealt with the distinctions and […]

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Study Creative Non-Fiction at Wilkes

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Don DeLillo, drenched in last things

Zero K, DeLillo’s sixteenth novel, is a probing examination of the ethics and techniques of cryonics – that is, the freezing of dead people (at present, cryopreservation can only take place after “legal death”).

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Esquire Podcast on “Superman”

Before anyone foresaw a time when a television celebrity could become president, Norman Mailer wrote in Esquire that John F. Kennedy was a mythical hero who could finally unite the business of politics with the business of stardom. His legendary 1960 reported essay, “Superman Comes to the Supermart,” about J.F.K. and the Democratic political convention, […]

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Mike in Dallas

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Transmogrified by Travel

Mike reviews Cannot Stay: Essays on Travel by Kevin Oderman.

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Mike Interviewed by AM/FM Magazine

Interview by John Wisniewski

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Mailer and Irwin Shaw

Pictured here are Mailer, Helen Meyers of Delacorte Press and Irwin Shaw in New York, February 22, 1978 at a celebration honoring the publication of Whistle, a novel by James Jones who died the previous May. Mailer said that he had great respect for Jones and had learned something important about writing from him. Asked what, he said, “Distance.”

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