What Would Norman Mailer Think of the Tea Party?
For the better part of 60 years, writer Norman Mailer was at the center of just about every intellectual brawl that found a public spotlight. War (against), feminism (ditto), literature (emphatically for), birth control (oddly against), the sexual revolution — well, with six marriages and nine children, he formed his own battalion. […]
This month, a collection of Mailer essays, Mind of an Outlaw, is being published by Random House. Despite running some 600 pages, it’s not a complete collection. But it covers his best and brightest (and includes an introduction by author Jonathan Lethem). The editor of the collection is Phillip Sipiora, a Mailer friend and editor of The Mailer Review. We caught up with Sipiora by phone near Tampa, where he teaches at the University of South Florida, to ask him how Mailer would feel about the Tea Party’s anti-government tactics, his greatest battles, and his surprising kindness.
Congratulations to Phil Sipiora on an excellent interview. Be sure to read the whole thing.