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.

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.”

Mailer’s essay is a manifesto of sorts, against conformity, against large organizations, modern society, squares, and anyone else helping to uphold the big lie of American life. He spoke for those who, having lived through World War II, now understood that all could die at any second. Humanity had proven itself a great collective murderer, and the modern state was its greatest weapon. White people, Mailer tried to show, were thus forced into the condition of black people who had lived “on the margin between totalitarianism and democracy for two centuries.”

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

356 Commercial St. | Provincetown Public Library | Provincetown

$15 Aug 15th, 2014 at 5PM

Author J. Michael Lennon will visit the Provincetown Public Library on Friday, August 15 to present his New York Times Editor’s Choice book, Norman Mailer: A Double Life.

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.