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Before anyone foresaw a time when a television celebrity could become president, Norman Mailer wrote in Esquire that John F. Kennedy was a mythical hero who could finally unite the business of politics with the business of stardom. His legendary 1960 reported essay, “Superman Comes to the Supermart,” about J.F.K. and the Democratic political convention,…

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Over the course of his 60-year career, Norman Mailer has tackled some pretty controversial subjects—the life of Jesus Christ, the inner workings of the CIA, the final days of murderer Gary Gilmore—as part of an ongoing effort to understand the nature of good and evil. In his latest novel, The Castle in the Forest, he…

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Appendix_E_-_Lord_Byron__Norman_Mailer The always witty and irreverent Dead Authors Podcast resurrected two literary rogues in this episode: Lord Byron and Norman Mailer. Give a listen. https://normanmailersociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Appendix_E_-_Lord_Byron__Norman_Mailer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

In the Blogosphere

NM at the Hay Festival

The Hay Festival launches free podcasts — with literary greats such as Norman Mailer, Harold Pinter and Ted Hughes among the first available. Marshall Chilton writes: One of the curious benefits of the digital age is that it allows access to past treasures of culture. [. . .] In a free weekly podcast which you…

Letters

Lennon on Books Podcast

The New York Review of Books just published a recent Podcast interview with J. Michael Lennon about Mailer’s letters. In the way of an introduction, they write: J. Michael Lennon, who is at work on an authorized biography of Norman Mailer, speaks with Sasha Weiss about Mailer’s letters and what they reveal about his ambitions,…