Today’s National Review has a dual review featuring J. Michael Lennon’s new memoir Mailer’s Last Days: New and Selected Remembrances of a Life in Literature and Richard Bradford’s new biography Tough Guy: The Life of Norman Mailer. Of the former, reviewer Robert Dean Lurie writes:
Mailer’s Last Days, a new volume of essays from his literary executor and authorized biographer, J. Michael Lennon, hews to the second objective. It’s a lovely blend of scholarly analysis with personal observation and fragments of memoir. The tone is affectionate, and the accretion of small but telling details provides a glimpse of the outsized legend operating at human scale.
Lurie’s review also covers some of the recent cancel Mailer brouhaha. Read the rest of the review: