Dear Members of the Mailer Society,
It is a good sign that folks are beginning to talk about membership and conference locations. If each of us would sign up one new member, some friend or colleague or neighbor who is interested in the life and work of our eponym, we would have no membership problems. Please think about it. David has provided membership information. Send the link on to someone, if you can.
Regarding conference location. Next year, we will be at Wilkes University. Paper proposals and ideas for panels and other events can be sent to Bonnie Culver (bonnie [dot] culver [at] wilkes [dot] edu), who is program chair next year. Wilkes is about 2.5 hours west of NYC in NE Pennsylvania, and Bonnie is planning some interesting events with local colleges. You will hear from her presently.
Las Vegas, Chicago and Atlanta have all been proposed as sites. Maggie McKinley is thinking about Chicago; Alex Hicks and Gerald Lucas are thinking about Atlanta. Mashey, would you be willing to think about Las Vegas? A contact at a university there is what is needed, I think. We’ll always have Provincetown, of course, but I think all of us are open to new environs.
Finally, I would like to ask all of you to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Society. We need contributions to keep the The Mailer Review going. Every year, a number of people step up to the plate and write a check. We know folks cannot do this every year, but we would be very pleased if you could be one of those folks who supports the 2014 issue, the eighth one. Phil Sipiora and his staff work long hours to produce a journal of excellence and variety. It is up to the membership to help fund it. Please consider sending a check, made out to the Mailer Society, to David Light, 75 Jennings Lane, Windham, CT 06280.
I would like to end by thanking all those who have read and commented on Norman Mailer: A Double Life. Your messages have given me a real lift. Salud!
Mike Lennon, President