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.

NMS Podcast 11: Democracy ’68 (Part 2)

In part two of this special two-part episode of the Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung presents a panel discussion about the political climate of 1968 in the United States. Fresh on the heels of the release of Armies Of The Night, Norman Mailer is joined by Herbert Marcuse and Arthur Schlesinger to discuss democracy in America as well as the then recent Columbia University student uprisings.

NMS Podcast 10: Democracy ’68 (Part 1)

Part One of a special and lengthy episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast. Host Justin Bozung uncovers a additional selection of rare audio associated with Norman Mailer. In this two-part episode, Norman Mailer is joined on stage in New York City by Herbert Marcuse and Arthur Schlesinger to discuss democracy in America as well as the then recent Columbia University student uprisings.

NMS Podcast: Episode 8

In this episode of The Norman Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung uncovers a selection of rare audio associated with Norman Mailer. From a writer’s symposium which occurred at the University of Iowa in 1959, Norman Mailer discussed the writer’s role in the culture of the late ’50s and is joined in commentary by Ralph Ellison and Dwight Macdonald.

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 3

In this episode of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast, host Justin Bozung showcases a feature-length, never-aired in the United States interview with Norman Mailer on Picasso and his book: Portrait of Picasso as a Young Man: An Interpretive Biography [Atlantic Monthly Press, 1995]. The interview was conducted in Provincetown for the BBC television series Southbank.