Heritage

Search for Mailerisms

Jason Mosser writes: Dear Mailerians, I am doing some research on Mailer and the OED and am making some interesting discoveries, among them a number of words that I believe Mailer has coined (Mailerisms, let’s say) that do not appear in the OED, specifically the words “corporatese” and “totalitarianese” from Armies. I’m wondering whether any…

In the Blogosphere

NM at the Hay Festival

The Hay Festival launches free podcasts — with literary greats such as Norman Mailer, Harold Pinter and Ted Hughes among the first available. Marshall Chilton writes: One of the curious benefits of the digital age is that it allows access to past treasures of culture. [. . .] In a free weekly podcast which you…

In the Media

Rebels Roused

Last October, at the Norman Mailer Center Benefit Gala in New York, Alec Baldwin, master of ceremonies, addressed a congregation of literary activists (including a few notable GQ contributors) with characteristic zeal. His message appeared simple. Follow the likes of Mailer, Muhammad Ali and Oliver Stone, and let your words change the world. But what…

In the Media Politics

Beyond Apollo with Norman Mailer

On a brisk December day in 1972, the SS Statendam left New York Harbor with an extraordinary passenger list. Theoretical physicists, science fiction writers, a handful of paying passengers, a reporter from the New York Times, media personalities, and a couple of distinguished literary figures, including Norman Mailer. All were aboard for the ship’s destination, Cape Canaveral, to…

Heritage

What Would Mailer Say?

The nation’s columnists have exhausted themselves searching fiction for anecdotes and admonitions that will illuminate David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. [. . .] Norman Mailer, were he here, would be perfect to write the story of David and Paula, perhaps in a long, digressive Esquire essay like those he composed in his…