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.
The Executive Board of The Norman Mailer Society (“NMS”) met in Long Branch, New Jersey, on September 30, 2016, with President J. Michael Lennon presiding. Also in attendance were Board members Maggie McKinley, Vice President, David Light, Treasurer, Marc Triplett, Secretary, Phillip Sipiora, Editor of The Mailer Review, Barbara Wasserman, John Buffalo Mailer, Mark Olshaker, Bonnie Culver, John Buffalo Mailer, Robert Begiebing, Nicole DePolo, Carol Holmes, Christopher Busa, Jason Mosser, Gerald Lucas, and Neil Abercrombie. Agenda items included The Mailer Review, future conference sites, transition of leadership of NMS, and Digital Mailer activities.
Phil Sipiora reviewed briefly the success and progress of The Mailer Review, noting particularly that in its 10 years, the Review has produced 4826 pages. Its new edition will be released soon.
The meeting was consumed primarily by a discussion of future venues of the NMS conferences. Mark Olshaker made a motion to hold the 2017 conference in Sarasota, Florida. Discussion that followed explored other options for 2017 and beyond. Sites in the State of Georgia were considered, including Atlanta, Athens and Macon. Jason Mosser discussed the advantages of Atlanta, but also noted that accommodations would be expensive. Jerry Lucas raised the possibility of Macon for a future conference site, perhaps in 2018. Macon is 75 miles from the Atlanta airport; it has adequate facilities for conference and hotel stays for the members, as well as attractions such as the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Tubman Museum, and the Allman Brothers Band Museum. Athens, Georgia, was also discussed as a potential venue in Georgia.
Other cities, including Washington, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Boston were considered—all were found to pose difficulties at this time.
A consensus formed that for the third time the NMS conference in 2017 should be held in Sarasota, Florida. Jerry Lucas will look into the possibility of holding the conference in Macon in 2018. Chicago and other locations will be considered for the future. Also discussed was the possibility of an NMS gathering within a future conference of the American Literature Association.
Mike Lennon has announced that this will be his last year as President of the Norman Mailer Society. Mark Olshaker moved that the Board act now to nominate Maggie McKinley as the next President in order to assure that the business of the NMS moves forward smoothly. That motion was seconded, and the Board passed the resolution that Maggie McKinley be nominated for election as President of the NMS by the membership at the next conference in 2017.
A brief discussion of Digital Mailer progress concluded the meeting. There is a ten-minute limit in effect on papers being presented at conferences, and Jerry Lucas reminded members that papers that would otherwise be greater in length can be published online.
There being no other business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.
Marc S. Triplett, Secretery
By: JASON MOSSER
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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.
“On the Day of Destruction” by Steve Marcus is one in a series of 13 limited edition 20 x 16 giclee fine art prints inspired by Norman Mailer’s commentary on Martin Buber’s “Tales of the Hasidim” which appeared in Commentary Journal, published by the American Jewish Committee in the June 1963 Edition. If you’re attending the 2017 Conference, Pre-order by September 11 and have your print personally hand delivered to your hotel room by the artist.
10% of print sales ordered before or during the 2017 conference will be donated to the society. Purchase securely using PayPal.