Sunday, January 15, 2012


Norman Mailer
The bad boy of post-war American letters was a literary giant for more than six decades — and he came with an ego to match. Leaving almost as many controversies and literary sideshows in his wake as novels, including running for mayor of New York City in 1969, he had (often unpopular) opinions on everything, and no problem letting everyone know about them. Pugnacious (hereportedly once clocked a man on the street because Mailer thought he had insinuated that his dog was gay), incendiary (in 1961, the 92Y dropped the curtain on him for the first time in 20 years, for reading some “obscene” poems), and always ready to lash out against the prevailing order with his crackling intellect, he is the epitome of a literary lion.

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