NMS Podcast 40: Mailer on Frost 1992

In this special episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung brings out of the Mailer Archives this retrospective interview from 1992 between journalist David Frost and Norman Mailer. Conducted in New York City, Frost revisits Mailer’s ideas about sex and violence from the 1950s to see if they hold relevance for him in the 1990s.

NMS Podcast 39: Mailer For Mayor 1969

In this special episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung presents a never before heard interview with Norman Mailer straight from the Mailer Archives.  This time around, Mailer sits down with Howard Smith from the Village Voice and his mayoral running mate of ’69, Jimmy Breslin, on the eve of their announcement to run in New York, to discuss with Smith their notion of the 51st State.

NMS Podcast 27: The Cremation of Nehru (June 5th, 1964): Mailer on An American Dream

In this episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung plays a recently unearthed interview with Norman Mailer from late April / early June 1965 about a year after the serialization of An American Dream in Esquire. Mailer discusses early ideas he had for his characters in his novel and the exact point when he realized that a murder had to take place. He discusses the existential aspects of the novel as well as the notion of sex and murder as the last great frontier in America. A important tape in Mailer Studies!

NMS Podcast 26: Mailer Reads Naked & the Dead

In this episode of the Norman Mailer Podcast, host Justin Bozung features a now digitized recording of Mailer reading excerpts from The Naked and the Dead.  This recording was first released in 1983 via the New York-based record label Cademon, and features Mailer reading portions of this novel as an actor voicing out the roles.

NMS Podcast 25: Mailer vs. Jones

In this episode of the Norman Mailer Podcast, host Justin Bozung features audio from the Mailer Archives. In this special, Mailer discusses with author Leroi Jones and television host David Susskind, the state of racial divide in the mid-1960s. Mailer and Jones discuss the Watts Riot, the right/wrong of blacks in Vietnam, and the cancers of an absurd time.

NMS Podcast 23: Mailer / Leeds 1987

In this return of the NMS Podcast in 2016, host Justin Bozung pays tribute to Mailer scholar and one of the co-founders of the Mailer Society, Barry Leeds, who passed away in 2015. Via archival audio, Mailer and Leeds discuss a variety of topics in the mid-80s such as: Ernest Hemingway, Gary Gilmore, Joan Didion, Harry Crews, film-making, antibiotics, and the AIDS crisis.

Purchase Barry Leeds’ A Movable Beast and read more by and about him on Project Mailer.

NMS Podcast 17: The Bullfight

Toro! Toro! In this episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung presents, along with an introduction by J. Michael Lennon, the entirety of the 1967 CBS Records LP, The Bullfight. Featuring Norman Mailer reading his essay on bull fighting, “The Crazy One,” –which was also published in Playboy Magazine. The Bullfight LP also features a hodge-podge of Spanish music and a reading of poetry by Federico García Lorca which Mailer and his daughter Susan translated from Spanish.

NMS Podcast 16: NM on Existentialism

In this episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung presents yet another rare piece of archival Norman Mailer audio. “Norman Mailer on Existentialism” was recorded in Chicago on May 11th, 1963. This 30-minute extract, thought to be the only surviving artifact of Mailer’s lecture from Chicago of that year, was part of a longer evening that included a Q&A session between Mailer and students from the University of Chicago.

NMS Podcast 15: NM Interview (1970)

In this episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung presents the audio of a never-before-published interview with Norman Mailer from April of 1970. This interview, part of Justin’s book-in-progress, Norman Mailer: Film Is Like Death (A Cinema Reader) finds Mailer very exhausted and at times, oddly, at a loss for words as he discusses in London, England his soon-to-be-released film Maidstone (1971).

Correction:  The date that Shakespeare visited Maidstone of Kent, England was in 1588.

NMS Podcast 12: Studs Turkel & NM

In this episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung presents a 45-minute conversation between WFKW-Chicago radio host Studs Turkel and Norman Mailer. This broadcast originally went out across the Chicago airwaves on January 9th, 1971, and it features Mailer speaking candidly with Turkel about his (then) recently published book Of A Fire On The Moon as well as his notion of God, Devil, and death itself.