NMS Podcast 46: Mike Lennon on Dwight Macdonald

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.

Read Mailer’s Introduction to Discriminations.

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.

NMS Podcast: Episode 5

In this latest installment of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung showcases the full audio of Norman Mailer’s 1962/63 Prestige LP Mailer Reads Mailer. With little known today about the origins of the Mailer’s recording, it is introduced via a brief background by Mailer’s official biographer, archivist/NM Society President, J. Michael Lennon.

NMS Podcast: Episode 1

In this inaugural episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung speaks with Norman Mailer’s archivist and official biographer / NMS Society President J. Michael Lennon about his book, The Selected Letters Of Norman Mailer, Mailer’s ’60s ambitions, The Deer Park, Picasso, and The Naked & The Dead.

Correction: A Double Life was published by Simon & Schuster not Random House as is suggested in the introduction to this episode.