Saturday, November 10, 2007

Norman Mailer....

has passed. The NYT has the obit.

I've not read much of Mailer. Armies of the Night years ago and a smattering of non-fiction.
I made the mistake of reading reviews rather than the novels, but it should be said that he represented probably better than any other living writer, a time when novelists strode over the culture like a Colossus.
Philip Roth is in that category and maybe one or two others, but it's a damn short list, and less so now that Mailer is gone.
A recent link and a beauty from When We Were Kings.
For me Mailer and George Plimpton were as uniquely an American pairing as Cosell and Ali.

Posted by Dave

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