Politics

Obama Like JFK

Fred Kaplan, in his article “Forget FDR and Lincoln; Obama Is Most Like JFK” for Slate, argues that “the Kennedy-Obama parallels are, in fact, deeper than they might seem.” Within, he cites — you guessed it — Mailer’s “Superman Comes to the Supermarket”: In the vapid Eisenhower years, he went on, the “life of politics…

In the Media

The Guest from Hell

Savoring Norman Mailer’s legendary appearance on The Dick Cavett Show. By Troy Patterson for Slate What’s your take on Cassavetes? Here’s mine: The filmmaker is one of three avant-gardists who readied America for reality television and the cult of pop personality, and his highly wrought psychodramas are an essential template for every loosely scripted, boozily…