Norman Mailer Wanted to Be Cancelled
“[Mailer] stalked the twentieth century like a proud satyr: hideous, provocative, funny and insightful, and always true to himself,” writes Tomiwa Owolade in his insightful op-ed on the Random House brouhaha. Owolade continues:
[Mailer would] probably be delighted. The brouhaha with Random House will likely make more people pick up and read Mailer’s work; and he would rather be loudly castigated than consigned to obscurity. This attempt to bury him may undermine a more efficient form of cancellation — cultural amnesia.