theparisreview: In 1963, a sixteen-year-old San Diego high school student named Bruce McAllister sent a four-question mimeographed survey to 150 well-known authors of literary, commercial, and science fiction. Did they consciously plant symbols in their work? he asked. Who noticed symbols appearing from their subconscious, and who saw them arrive in their text, unbidden, created…


A Letter from the President

Dear Members of the Mailer Society, It is a good sign that folks are beginning to talk about membership and conference locations. If each of us would sign up one new member, some friend or colleague or neighbor who is interested in the life and work of our eponym, we would have no membership problems.…


2014 Membership Drive

In celebration of what would have been Norman Mailer’s 91st birthday, this e-mail officially kicks off the 2014 Norman Mailer Society Membership Drive. Membership in the Society runs from January 1 to December 31. Membership Sadly, The Society has seen a gradual decline in its Membership over the past four years. The heart of The…


J. Michael Lennon

J. Michael Lennon A message from Mike Lennon: Norman Mailer: A Double Life, will be published by Simon and Schuster on October 15, 2013. To herald its arrival, and get out the word on readings and signings, and (eventually) the book’s reception, we have established a website. Jerry Lucas, my colleague on the Board of…

Family Heritage

From the NMS President

As many of you may know, John Buffalo Mailer has been waging a vigorous campaign to get the Village Voice, the publication his father helped found, to cease publishing sexually exploitive classified ads in BackPages.com, which the Voice owns. The response has been overwhelmingly favorable.


Mike Lennon to the TLS

I don’t wish to prolong the discussion about Norman Mailer’s wartime experience, but as his authorized biographer (forthcoming, Simon and Schuster), I believe I can clarify Clive James’s comments on the matter in his recent letter (July 16). During the last year of the Pacific war, Mailer served in several capacities in the 112th Regimental…

Conference News Society

Membership Letter, Spring 2010

Dear Mailerians! Here we are entering the 8th year of The Norman Mailer Society. We proudly celebrate the success of seven outstanding conferences and three stellar issues of The Mailer Review. We could not have accomplished this without your support and the guidance of the Executive Board of The Norman Mailer Society. It is with…


Considering Norman Mailer and His Work: a Letter

Considering Norman Mailer and His Work: a Letter James Brookfield begins by reconsidering the literary merits of Barbary Shore, Norman Mailer’s second novel, is his article “Considering Norman Mailer and His Work: a Letter.” Brookfield positions his article as a response and commentary on Andras Gyorgy’s recent “The Postwar Novelist in Regression: Norman Mailer (1927-2007)” —…



I mean: Wasn’t there anyone around to give you the lecture on Cuba? Don’t you sense the enormity of your mistake – you invade a country without understanding its music. The Village Voice is running an excerpt everyday from their archives, and today’s “An Open Letter to JFK” is by Norman Mailer.


Conference 2008 Wrap-Up

First, I must thank all those who worked to make the 2008 conference one of our best.  Program Chair Phil Sipiora and co-chair Deb Martinson put together a marvelous program.  It was highlighted by a full day of tributes to Norman Mailer at the Provincetown Theater, the spirited Begiebing-Bufithis dialogue, and the films assembled by…