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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…

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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…

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Oswald in Minsk

At the end of the cold war, the leadership of the K.G.B., demoralized and seeking favor with the pro-Western reformers then coming to power in post-Soviet states, briefly opened its files on the accused assassin of John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald. The material was so intimate as to be painful to read, showing unequivocally that the K.G.B.…

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The Essential Mailer

Mailer wrote more than 30 books, not all of them masterpieces to be sure, though he stretched the boundaries of every genre he attempted—from journalism and the essay to biographical novels. Still, choosing three books as the “essential” Mailer is a challenge.