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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.…

Politics

The Edge of Mystery

Matt Bia, a political commentator for the New York Times Magazine, likens Barack Obama with Mailer’s hopes for a President Kennedy in his “Superman Comes to the Supermarket.” Bai begins “The Edge of Mystery” by referencing Mailer, the great political commentator of the twentieth century: Weeks before the election of 1960, Norman Mailer, already an…