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Obama Like JFK

Fred Kaplan, in his article “Forget FDR and Lincoln; Obama Is Most Like JFK” for Slate, argues that “the Kennedy-Obama parallels are, in fact, deeper than they might seem.” Within, he cites — you guessed it — Mailer’s “Superman Comes to the Supermarket”: In the vapid Eisenhower years, he went on, the “life of politics […]

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The Guest from Hell

Savoring Norman Mailer’s legendary appearance on The Dick Cavett Show. By Troy Patterson for Slate What’s your take on Cassavetes? Here’s mine: The filmmaker is one of three avant-gardists who readied America for reality television and the cult of pop personality, and his highly wrought psychodramas are an essential template for every loosely scripted, boozily […]

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