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.

“The mark of mediocrity is to look for precedent.”

Mailer Gala, 2014 News

Today, the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony announced that Don DeLillo, Billy Collins, and Katrina vanden Heuvel, will be the 2014 recipients of the prestigious Norman Mailer Prize. The awards will be presented at the sixth annual benefit gala on Monday, October 27, 2014, at the historical New York Public Library in New York City. The Norman Mailer Prize has been awarded to some of the world’s most esteemed writers, including, Joyce Carol Oates, Dr. Eli Wiesel, and Dr. Maya Angelou, among others. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies and additional honorees will be announced in the early fall.

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:…

J. Michael Lennon will read from his biography, “Norman Mailer: A Double Life,” at 5 p.m. Friday at the Provincetown Public Library, 356 Commercial St.