A word cloud (Wordle) based on Mailer’s “The White Negro” (1957).

Norman Mailer. Photograph by Roy DeCarava. 1958-59.

Norman Mailer’s pro-JFK profile and seminal New Journalism showpiece “Superman Comes to the Supermarket,” originally published in Esquire in 1960, now rediscovered in photo book form. Alongside the complete Mailer portrait of JFK as the “existential hero,” see Kennedy’s campaign and personal life captured by such photojournalistic greats as Cornell Capa, Jacques Lowe, Paul Schutzer, and Garry Winogrand.. Published by TASCHEN Books

“Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.”

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iheartmyart:

Matthew Barney, stills from his new 6-hour film River of Fundament that premiered Feb 12-16, 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with music by Jonathan Bepler. Photographs by Hugo Glendinning. 2006-2014
The film was described as a, “radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings. In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry.
The film’s central scene is an abstraction of Mailer’s wake, set in a replica of the late author’s apartment in Brooklyn Heights and featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, Ellen Burstyn, Joan La Barbara, and jazz percussionist Milford Graves. Alluring and intense, this epic, multidimensional experience is a sprawling allegory of death and rebirth within the contemporary American landscape.”
via Gothamist

Barney’s film will be shown at this year’s Society conference in Wilkes-Barre.  iheartmyart:

Matthew Barney, stills from his new 6-hour film River of Fundament that premiered Feb 12-16, 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with music by Jonathan Bepler. Photographs by Hugo Glendinning. 2006-2014
The film was described as a, “radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings. In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry.
The film’s central scene is an abstraction of Mailer’s wake, set in a replica of the late author’s apartment in Brooklyn Heights and featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, Ellen Burstyn, Joan La Barbara, and jazz percussionist Milford Graves. Alluring and intense, this epic, multidimensional experience is a sprawling allegory of death and rebirth within the contemporary American landscape.”
via Gothamist

Barney’s film will be shown at this year’s Society conference in Wilkes-Barre.  iheartmyart:

Matthew Barney, stills from his new 6-hour film River of Fundament that premiered Feb 12-16, 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with music by Jonathan Bepler. Photographs by Hugo Glendinning. 2006-2014
The film was described as a, “radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings. In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry.
The film’s central scene is an abstraction of Mailer’s wake, set in a replica of the late author’s apartment in Brooklyn Heights and featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, Ellen Burstyn, Joan La Barbara, and jazz percussionist Milford Graves. Alluring and intense, this epic, multidimensional experience is a sprawling allegory of death and rebirth within the contemporary American landscape.”
via Gothamist

Barney’s film will be shown at this year’s Society conference in Wilkes-Barre.  iheartmyart:

Matthew Barney, stills from his new 6-hour film River of Fundament that premiered Feb 12-16, 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with music by Jonathan Bepler. Photographs by Hugo Glendinning. 2006-2014
The film was described as a, “radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings. In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry.
The film’s central scene is an abstraction of Mailer’s wake, set in a replica of the late author’s apartment in Brooklyn Heights and featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, Ellen Burstyn, Joan La Barbara, and jazz percussionist Milford Graves. Alluring and intense, this epic, multidimensional experience is a sprawling allegory of death and rebirth within the contemporary American landscape.”
via Gothamist

Barney’s film will be shown at this year’s Society conference in Wilkes-Barre. 

iheartmyart:

Matthew Barney, stills from his new 6-hour film River of Fundament that premiered Feb 12-16, 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with music by Jonathan Bepler. Photographs by Hugo Glendinning. 2006-2014

The film was described as a, “radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings. In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry.

The film’s central scene is an abstraction of Mailer’s wake, set in a replica of the late author’s apartment in Brooklyn Heights and featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, Ellen Burstyn, Joan La Barbara, and jazz percussionist Milford Graves. Alluring and intense, this epic, multidimensional experience is a sprawling allegory of death and rebirth within the contemporary American landscape.”

via Gothamist

Barney’s film will be shown at this year’s Society conference in Wilkes-Barre. 

“Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.”

Mailer’s multiple personae in The Armies of the Night attempt to get at some sort of truth.

Eugene Cullen Kennedy writes: 

Norman Mailer originally wanted to call his final book of reflections on God, sin, and the human role in the battle of good and evil, Into the Mystery. In failing health, he knew that he would enter the Mystery soon.