Podcast

NMS Podcast 39: Mailer For Mayor 1969

In this special episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung presents a never before heard interview with Norman Mailer straight from the Mailer Archives.  This time around, Mailer sits down with Howard Smith from the Village Voice and his mayoral running mate of ’69, Jimmy Breslin, on the eve of their announcement…

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theparisreview: “At best you affect the consciousness of your time, and so indirectly you affect the history of the time which succeeds you. Of course, you need patience. It takes a long time for sentiments to collect into an action and often they never do. Which is why I was once so ready to conceive…

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When City Elections Were Fun

When City Elections Were Fun Lee Siegel writes: IN 1969, in the midst of devastating strikes, rising racial conflict, sinking finances, terrifying crime rates and an expanding, dysfunctional city bureaucracy, the pugilistic writer Norman Mailer made a quixotic bid for mayor of New York. The columnist Jimmy Breslin campaigned alongside him for City Council president.…

In the Media

Summer of ’69

In The American Conservative, John Buffalo Mailer recounts how Norman Mailer and Jimmy Breslin, two non-professional politicians, tried to liberate NYC with their 1969 mayoral campaign: they squared off in the 1969 Democratic primary against four standard-issue liberals. (Pop quipped of one, “I can’t get a grasp on a mind this small.” His campaign manager,…