Conference 2014

The 12th annual meeting of the Norman Mailer Society will be held October 9-11, 2014 on the Wilkes University campus in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The theme for this year’s conference is “Norman Mailer: Continuing his Legacy.”

Conference Program

Details Forthcoming.

Thursday, October 9

  • Cash Bar Evening Reception, 4:30 PM at the Oyster at Genetti’s Hotel (Conference Hotel)
  • River Of Fundament (Movie), 6:00 PM to Midnight

Friday, October 10

  • Panels
  • Graduate Creative Writing Welcome Reception and Celebration (5:30 PM) at Kirby Hall following completion of marathon reading of An American Dream
  • “Extending the Legacy” panel (7:30 PM - 9:00 pm)

Saturday, October 11

  • Panels
  • Luncheon (1:00 PM): Danielle Mailer, Guest Speaker

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The Utah-filmed truth behind the gritty story of murderer Gary Gilmore

Down With Factoid! Up With Factlet!

I wish you, and a whole lot of others, would cleave to Norman Mailer’s original coinage of the word factoid.  The suffix -oid usually means resembling, but not really a member of some category.  Examples: humanoid, planetoid.  So a factoid should properly be (and as Mailer used it) something that resembles a fact, but is not a fact.  You, and the whole lot of others, ought instead to use another word for a small probably unimportant but interesting fact.  I suggest the coinage, factlet.  In all other respects, I enjoy your writing and wish you well.

A Man Half Full by Norman Mailer