Conference Program, 2016

The 14th Norman Mailer Society Conference

Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

monmouthcampusSeptember 29, 30 and October 1, 2016

  • Room 107, Room 108, Club Lounge and Club Dining Room are located in the Samuel Hays Magill Commons
  • Anacon B is located in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center
  • Wilson Auditorium is located in the Woodrow Wilson Hall

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

8:45-9:30: Business Meeting (Room 107)

9:45-10:45

  1. Panel: “Lipton’s”: Mailer’s Marijuana Journal: Justin Bozung, Nicole DePolo, Susan Mailer, Jason Mosser, Moderator: Michael Lennon (Room 107)
  2. Papers: “Mailer and Ty Cobb: Unnoticed Parallels”: William Thelin; “Reading Mailer Reading Miller,” James Decker; Moderator: Marc Triplett (Room 108)

11:00-12:00: Panel: Mailer and Picasso: Justin Bozung, Christopher Busa, Maggie McKinley, Moderator: Jackson Bryer (Room 107)

12:00-1:15: Lunch on Your Own (Box Lunches available/ pre-order only).  Box Lunch diners may use the Club Dining Room.

1:30-2:30: Papers: “Could an Author, Even Mailer, Be Mailer Today?”: Tim Lemire; “Mailer vs. Celebrity Culture”: Sal Fallica, Moderator: Denise Pappas (Room 107)

2:45-3:45: Panel: Long Branch History: Stan Blair, Randell Gabrielan, Melissa Ziobro, Moderator: Susan Goulding (Wilson Auditorium)

4:00-5:00

  1. Papers:  “Hippy and Hipster: Theology and ‘The White Negro,’” Bowen Alpern; “Mailer, the Beats, and Drugs: Raj Chandarlapty, Moderator: Philip Sipiora (Room 107)
  2. Panel: Remembering Muhammad Ali: Ron Fried, Bill Lowenburg, Michael Mailer, Moderator: John Buffalo Mailer (Room 108)

5:30-7:45: Dinner on Your Own

8:00-9:30: A Ticket to the Circus: A One-Woman Play by Bonnie Culver, performed by K. C. Leiber (Wilson Auditorium)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

9:00-10:00: The Digital Mailer: Gerald Lucas (Room 107)

10:15-11:15: Panel: Putative Comments on the 2016 Election by the Late Norman Mailer: Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Peter Alson, Michael Mailer, Moderator: Mark Olshaker (Wilson Auditorium)

11:30-12:30

  1. Panel: Mailer and Bellow: Ezra Cappell (tentative), Alex Gilvarry, Maggie McKinley: Moderator:  Ron Fried (Room 107)
  2. Papers: “The American Existentialism of Norman Mailer”: Okla Elliott; “Mailer’s Reading of Capital as Fiction”: Erik Nakjavani, Moderator: Bonnie Culver (Room 108)

12:30-1:30: Lunch on Your Own. Boxed Lunch diners may use the Club Dining Room. Board Members will have a brief meeting during lunch in the Club Lounge

1:45-2:45: Panel: Children of Major Writers: Greg Bellow, Kaylie Jones, Susan Mailer, Moderator: Michael Lennon (Wilson Auditorium)

3:00-4:30

  1. Panel: Mailer’s Short Fiction:  Bonnie Culver, Joseph Lennon, Philip Sipiora, Moderator: Vic Peppard (Room 107)
  2. Panel: Mailer and Plastics: The Seer and the Scientist (based on the film, The Invisible Ocean): Robert Begiebing, Chris Busa (Room 108)

5:30-8:00: Dinner at Monmouth University (Anacon B)

8:15-9:15: Reading: Alex Gilvarry reading his forthcoming novel, Eastman Was Here, introduced by John Buffalo Mailer (Wilson Auditorium)

SATURDAY, October 1

9:00-10:00

  1. Papers: “The Naked and the Dead: Lost Illusions and Pessimism”: Alexander Hicks; “Mailer and Babel on Being Jewish,” Victor Peppard, Moderator: Mashey Bernstein (Room 107)
  2. Papers: “Mailer in the Classroom”: Matthew Hinton; “Violence, Style, and Pedagogy: Teaching Mailer in American Literature Courses”: Walter Lewallen; “Mailer as Playwright”: Timothy Nolan; Moderator: Nicole DePolo (Room 108)

10:15-11:15:  Readings from Mailer’s First (unpublished) Novel, “No Percentage”: Wilkes Readers Theatre: Bonnie Culver, Matthew Hinton, Caleb Sizemore, Hillary Transue, Ken Vose (Wilson Auditorium)

11:30-12:30

  1. Panel: The Castle in the Forest: Another Look: Robert Begiebing, Jacob Hebda, Joanna Poncavage, Moderator: John Winters (Room 107)
  2. Panel: Mailer and Photography: Dan Kramer, Larry Schiller, Moderator: Nina Wiener (Room 108)

12:45-3:00: Keynote Luncheon Address: “Mailer Roots in Long Branch”: Barbara Mailer Wasserman (Anacon B)

3:30-4:00: Visit to Mailer and Schneider family graves in Long Branch Cemetery. Mashey Bernstein Presiding

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2015 Conference Program

THE 13TH NORMAN MAILER SOCIETY CONFERENCE

PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS

SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 4, 2015

All panels and presentations will be conducted at the Provincetown Inn unless otherwise noted.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Informal Reception, (West End Lounge) Provincetown Inn

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1

8:45-9:45

Business Meeting (MAYFLOWER)

10:00-11:00

Panel: Researching Mailer: Robert Begiebing (moderator), Justin Bozung, Nicole DePolo (MAYFLOWER)

11:15-12:15

  1. Panel: The White Negro: Three Approaches: Walter Lewallen, Jerry Lucas, Jason Mosser (PORCH CAFÉ)
  2. Panel: Adapting Armies:  Michael Chaiken, John B. Mailer, Michael Mailer, Albert LaFarge (moderator) (MAYFLOWER)

12:15-1:30

Lunch on your own (box lunches available / pre-order only)

1:30-2:30

Panel: The Prisoner of Sex Revisited: Robert Begiebing, Bonnie Culver, Michael Lennon (moderator) Maggie McKinley (MAYFLOWER)

1:30-5:30

Reading of Tough Guys Don’t Dance (directed by Bonnie Culver, Ken Vose), Provincetown Inn. Note: See end of program for reading schedule (PROVINCETOWN INN: FOR N AFT)

2:45-3:45

  1. Panel: Norman Mailer and Jewishness: Ezra Cappell, Michael Mailer, Barbara Wasserman, Maggie McKinley (moderator) (MAYFLOWER)
  2. “The Evolution of Mailer’s God”: Richard Priebe; “Lawrence’s Ursula and Mailer’s Kittredge”: Raymond Vince (PORCH CAFÉ)

4:00-5:00

  1. Panel: Reflections on Advertisements for Myself: Patricia Florio, Anne Henry, Dave Thomas, Gerald Lucas (moderator) (MAYFLOWER)
  2. “ ‘The Turd’: Norman Mailer and the Pollution of Language”: Nicole DePolo; “Norman Mailer’s Migration Toward Religious Socialism”: Danny Marroquin (PORCH CAFÉ)

5:30-8:00

Dinner on your own

8:30-9:15

Film: 1965 Swedish documentary: Michael Chaiken (MAYFLOWER)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 

8:45-9:45

  1. Panel: Wild 90: Justin Bozung, Michael Chaiken, Maggie McKinley, Nicole DePolo (moderator) (MAYFLOWER)
  2. Panel: The Spooky Art: Michael Lennon, Timothy Nolan, Phillip Sipiora

9:00-1:00

Reading of Tough Guys Don’t Dance (directed by Bonnie Culver, Ken Vose) Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

10:00-11:00

Panel: The Digital Mailer:  Justin Bozung, Michael Chaiken, Michael Lennon (moderator), Jerry Lucas (MAYFLOWER)

11:15-12:15

  1. Panel: Norman Mailer and Psychology, Ezra Cappell (moderator); “The Influence of Reich on the Works of Norman Mailer”: Andrew Gordon; “A Practitioner Considers Her Father’s Psychological Ideas”: Susan Mailer; “Between Marxism and Existentialism: Mailer’s Critique of Freudian Psychoanalysis”: Erik Nakjavani (MAYFLOWER)
  2. Buckley and Mailer:  A reading by Kevin Schultz (PORCH CAFÉ)

12:00-1:30

Lunch on your own (box lunches available)

1:30-3:30

Walking Tour:  Christopher Busa (assembly point: home of Chris Busa, 650 Commercial Street)

1:30-2:30

Panel: The Deer Park at 60: Carol Holmes, Bernard Horn, Raymond Vince, Marc Triplett (moderator) (MAYFLOWER)

2:45-3:45

Panel: Mailer and J.F.K.: Joe Reubens, Larry Schiller, Nina Wiener, Michael Lennon (moderator) (MAYFLOWER)

3:00-6:00

Reading of Tough Guys Don’t Dance (directed by Bonnie Culver, Ken Vose,) Provincetown Library

4:00-5:00

  1. Panel: Tough Guys Don’t Dance (film) Revisited: Bonnie Barber, Justin Bozung, Christopher Busa, Michael Chaiken (moderator) (MAYFLOWER)
  2. Mailer and Periodicals: John Winters (moderator); “Mailer in the Magazines: Osiris Revisited”: Mark Noonan; “Mailer, Serialization and the Monetized Archive”: Gregory Specter; “Words by the Minute: Mailer’s Nonfiction in Magazines”: Daniel Worden (PORCH CAFÉ)

6:30-9:00

Dinner on your own

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

8:45-9:45

  1. Panel: Norman Mailer’s Short Fiction: Jeanne Fuchs, John B. Mailer, Victor Peppard, Phillip Sipiora (moderator) (MAYFLOWER)
  2. “Norman Mailer’s World War II Novel”: Rashidah Abu-Bakr; “Norman Mailer and Minorities”: Patrick Jehle (PORCH CAFÉ)

10:00-11:00

  1. Panel: The Executioner’s Song: Michael Lennon, Larry Schiller, Simon Singer (MAYFLOWER)
  2. Panel: Top Ten Things I learned from Norman Mailer: Peter Alson, Danielle Mailer, Elizabeth Mailer, Jeffrey Michelson (PORCH CAFÉ)

11:15-12:00

Remembering Barry Leeds: Marc Triplett (MAYFLOWER)

12:15-2:15

Luncheon: Keynote Speaker: Kate Mailer (HARBORVIEW)

2:30-4:30

Reading of “Two Mailers” by Ronald K. Fried; Actors: Ross Klavan, Maggie McKinley, Ken Vose (MAYFLOWER)

6:30-9:00

Dinner on your own

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 

9:00-11:00

Board postmortem, (PORCH CAFÉ); Agenda:

  • Fundraising and Budget
  • Barry Leeds proposal
  • New logo proposal
  • 2016 Conference
  • Membership

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Tough Guys Don’t Dance READER SCHEDULE:

PROVINCETOWN INN – 10/1 – 1:30 – 5:30 PM  ACT ONE – CHAPTERS 1-2-3

  • Tim – Ross Klavan
  • Patty Lareine – Dale Louise Mervine
  • Jessica Pond – Carol Lavelle
  • Regency – Bill Schneider
  • Lonnie Pangborn – Marc Triplett
  • Big Mac – Stephan Morrow
  • Spider – William Thelin
  • Mervyn Finney –  Raj Chandarlapaty
  • Tim’s Mom – Jeanne Fuchs
  • Dynamite – Justin Bozung
  • Frankie Freeloader – Jan Quackenbush
  • Stoodie – Justin Bozung
  • Hospital Orderly – Carol Lavelle
  • Another Man – Ken Vose

PROVINCETOWN MONUMENT – 10/2 – 9 AM – 1 PM  ACT TWO – CHAPTERS 4-5-6

  • Tim – Matthew Hinton
  • Harpo – Daniel Marroquin
  • Regency – Bill Schneider
  • Pangborn – Marc Triplett
  • Madeline – Bonnie Culver
  • Wardley – Jan Quackenbush
  • Bolo – Ken Vose
  • Jessica – Carol Lavelle
  • Boxing Trainer – William Thelin
  • Big Mac – Stephan Morrow
  • Pete P – Marc Triplett
  • Beth – Dale Louise Mervine
  • Spider – William Thelin

PUBLIC LIBRARY – 3 PM – 6 PM – ACT THREE – CHAPTERS 7-8 – EPILOGUE 

  • Tim – John Buffalo Mailer
  • Big Mac – Stephan Morrow
  • Wardley – Jan Quackenbush
  • Regency – Bill Schneider
  • Madeline – Bonnie Culver
  • Patty – Cathy Hasse
  • Big Stoop- Andrew Gordon
  • Airport Ticket Girl – Dale Louise Mervine
  • Mr. Thwaite – Raj Chandarlapaty

Conference 2015 (#MailerConf15)

The 2015 Norman Mailer Society Conference will be held in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on September 30, October 1, 2, and 3.

The keynote speaker this year is writer and actor, Kate Mailer, the daughter of Norman Mailer and his third wife Lady Jeanne Campbell. She will speak at the Saturday, October 3rd luncheon.

Following up on last year’s successful all-day reading of An American Dream, directed by Ken Vose, and performed by over 20 members of the Society, this year Ken will direct a reading of Tough Guys Don’t Dance.

Because the conference is taking place earlier than in the past, the ferry from Boston’s Logan Airport will still be running; it’s a 90-minute trip.

Links

Fee Information

Fees may be paid below, or by using the 2015 Conference Registration Form.

  • 2015 Individual Registration Fee: $125
  • 2015 Student Registration Fee: $ 50
  • 2015 Guest Fee $ 30
 



 

 

All Panel and Roundtable Presenters and Moderators must be members of the Norman Mailer Society. Each Presenter and Moderator must pay the respective registration fee listed above. Each Presenter and Moderator may bring a “guest” who must pay a Guest Fee of $30. The “guest” does not have to be a member.

If someone who is not a presenter or moderator and attends the conference, that person must be a member, must pay the respective registration fee, and can have a “guest” who must pay a Guest Fee of $30. The “guest” does not have to be a member.

If someone attends the conference alone and does not bring a “guest,” that person must be a member and must pay the respective conference fee.

A “guest” is defined as a spouse, brother/sister, mother/father, friend, companion, anyone who accompanies a paying attendee. Only 2015 Norman Mailer Society Members (and LIFE members) will receive a copy of the 2015 issue of The Mailer Review (a $25 value).

Hotel Information

The conference home will be the Provincetown Inn, but we hope to have readings, and presentations in other places in Provincetown, including the Fine Arts Work Center, The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, and the Provincetown Public Library.

For reservations call: 508-487-9500; say you are with The Norman Mailer Society.

Mid-Week Room Rates (Wednesday and Thursday)

  • Standard / $79
  • Standard Inn / $89
  • Waterview / $109

Weekend Room Rates (Friday and Saturday)

  • Standard / $109
  • Standard Inn / $119
  • Waterview / $139

These rates are per room, per night, single or double occupancy, subject to state and local taxes. Continental Breakfast is included. Additional persons sharing room $15 + tax, includes continental breakfast. Maximum 4 adults to a room. Full payment will be due at check in. This rate will be applicable with this form sent in advance or forms filled out by front desk at time of call. The above rates are being offered for the Norman Mailer Society with a cut-off date of September 19, 2015. Reservations received after this date are subject to regular pricing. All rooms are subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis.

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