Recorded on May 10th, 1967, Norman Mailer speaks out with a humorous candor against the Vietnam War and Lyndon Johnson; he lampoons the Harvard Crimson asking the question: “Where is America going?” Mailer also reads excerpts from “In The Red Light,” and “Superman Comes To The Supermarket.”
In this piece of archival audio, Norman Mailer visits with an audience at the Central Library in Philly in 2007. For 60 minutes, Mailer chats about Hitler, television culture (his watching of American Idol), the Iraq War, Ernest Hemingway, and Bullshit Mountain. Mailer takes the audience through quite a range of contemporary discussion.
In this episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, listen in to an archival recording of Norris Church Mailer reading in New York City from her memoir about her marriage to Norman Mailer.
In this episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, Justin talks with director of photography John Bailey A.S.C about his time working with Norman Mailer on the writer’s 1987 film noir, Tough Guys Don’t Dance as well as Mailer’s supernatural believes in Provincetown.
In this episode of the Norman Mailer Society podcast, Mailer and son John Buffalo Mailer in 2006, along with host Dotson Rader discuss The Big Empty, a collaboration between the author the pair which finds them discussing a impressive bevy of quixotic concepts.
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This episode of the Norman Mailer Society podcast, host Justin Bozung features a late-60’s TV appearance of Norman Mailer where the author discusses Miami and the Siege of Chicago, Armies of the Night, as well as his most recent film-making ventures. Also, featured is a 1960 BBC review of Advertisements for Myself featuring a reading of excerpts from “The White Negro.”
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In this episode of the Norman Mailer Society podcast, host Justin Bozung talks with Mailer assistant Martha Thomases about The Executioner’s Song and Mailer’s run-in with the 1970s punk rock band, The Ramones. Also, featured is Mailer’s 1972 lecture to the “Student Apocalypse Society” at the University of Texas at Austin on the Republican and Democratic national conventions of earlier in the year.
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In this episode of the Norman Mailer Society podcast, host Justin Bozung talks with J. Michael Lennon about Norman Mailer’s friendship with French writer Jean Malaquais, who was one of the writer’s greatest influences. Often Mailer’s harshest critic, Malaquais served up a partial inspiration for Mailer’s landmark essay, “The White Negro.” The pair had a falling out in 1994 following a joint appearance on a French television series – which is also excerpted in this special episode.
Throughout the next few months, Lennon and Bozung will be examining Mailer’s introductions, forewords, and prefaces written for such luminaries as Seymour Krim, Michael McClure, Eugene Kennedy, Abbie Hoffman and others.
In Episode #46 of the Norman Mailer Society podcast, host Justin Bozung and Mailer’s archivist, official biographer, and president of the Norman Mailer Society, J. Michael Lennon, discuss Norman Mailer’s friendship with literary critic and essayist Dwight Macdonald. In 1974, Mailer wrote “Introduction” for Macdonald’s Discriminations: Essays & Afterthoughts. This brief consideration not only reads as an affectionate honorarium to Macdonald, whom Mailer first met in 1949, but also tells of the influence the former editor of Partisan Review had on Mailer himself. Both men share a varied attack on style, but also focus, in the vein of Hemingway, on a means in which one can explore the “feel” of phenomena.
Throughout the remainder of 2017, Lennon and Bozung will be examining Mailer’s introductions, forewords, and prefaces written for such luminaries as Seymour Krim, Michael McClure, Eugene Kennedy, Abbie Hoffman and others.
From 2003, this lecture series from Writers’ Block features Norman Mailer talking about his latest book The Spooky Art. Mailer discusses writing, writers, his favorite television series, and George W. Bush.