- 2019-12-02: Susan Mailer and J. Michael Lennon will appear at an event at the 92Y on May 20, 2020 at 7pm. See the 92Y’s event page for more information and tickets.
- 2019-11-21: Walter Minton, US publisher of ‘Lolita,‘ dies at 96. The Washington Post reports: “Walter J. Minton, a publishing scion and risk taker with a self-described “nasty streak” who as head of G.P. Putnam’s Sons released works by Norman Mailer and Terry Southern among others and signed up Vladimir Nabokov’s scandalous “Lolita,” has died at age 96.”
- 2019-11-09: Via The Nation, “Lauren Michele Jackson Wants to Change How We Talk About Appropriation”: “I honestly can’t remember when I first encountered Mailer’s essay, but it was in the back of my head as I was compiling this project and thinking of a name for it. In some ways, the connections between these two works are fairly loose: I’m borrowing a term and elaborating upon it for my own purposes. But because I am borrowing, too, I want to actually acknowledge the essay and do a close reading of it in a way that feels meaningful.”
- 2019-11-04: Via Deadline, “Mailer Tuchman Media Debuts Film And TV Slate Anchored By Norman Mailer Drama”: “Mailer Tuchman Media has launched with an initial slate of film and TV projects anchored by Mailer, a drama series about the late author/provocateur. Mailer’s son, John Buffalo Mailer, is creative director of MTM, which is both producing and financing. Joining him are Martin Tuchman, the company’s executive producer, and Jennifer Gelfer, executive director.”
- 2019-10-27: Via New York Times: “Steal This Archive? Abbie Hoffman’s Papers Become a College Collection.” There are notes and letters from other icons of the 1960s. Cards from John and Yoko. A letter from Allen Ginsberg, the poet, offering to help him raise defense money. A plea by Norman Mailer to the governor of New York, seeking executive leniency on his behalf.
- 2019-10-13: Nnedi Okorafor on influential books: “The book that changed my mind: The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer. I’d always been against capital punishment and that was that; this novel made me truly think it through. I remain against capital punishment, but I have clearer reasons now.”
- 2019-10-12: J. Michael Lennon, Donna Pedro Lennon, and Gerald R. Lucas win the 2019 Lucid Award for Norman Mailer: Works and Days.
- 2019-10-09: The 2019 Conference begins tomorrow. The final program has been posted. See you in Wilkes-Barre!
- 2019-10-03: Via Slate, Matthew Dessem has some words for Donald Trump: “Some Lines, On the Occasion of Discovering That One of Donald Trump’s Border Plans Was a Moat Filled With Snakes.”
- 2019-09-10: Via Variety, Toronto Film Review: “The Capote Tapes”: The people on the tapes include Mailer, who tells a terrific story about drinking with Truman in an old Irish bar and realizing what adrenaline (and courage) Capote must have lived with at every moment, and a friend who says that Capote swore by the motto, “Don’t ever let the truth get in the way of a good story.”
- 2019-09-02: Via the New York Times: Barbara Probst Solomon, Who Wrote of Spain Under Franco, Dies at 90. Barbara Probst Solomon, an American memoirist and essayist known for documenting life in Spain during and after the regime of Gen. Francisco Franco, died on Sunday at her home in Manhattan. She was 90.
- 2019-09-01: Jerome Loving has written a eulogy for Rip Torn for the Walt Whitman Quarterly in which Mailer is mentioned.
- 2019-08-29: In highly anticipated ‘White Negroes,’ Lauren Michele Jackson offers nuanced critique of cultural appropriation. Her new book is inspired by Mailer's 1957 essay.
- 2019-08-14: From John Buffalo: “We are releasing a movie that I have the pleasure of playing the male lead in on Friday, with an NYC premiere on Monday night. We still have some seats left that we can give out to those who would like to attend the premiere. The movie will also be available on Amazon nation wide starting Friday, so those who are not in New York or LA can also watch it. With these indie movies, the opening weekend makes a huge difference in its success or failure, so we are praying for a good turn out this upcoming weekend.” Click the image to the right for more information.
- 2019-08-12: Francis Wade, in the LA Review of Books reads “‘The Armies of the Night’ in an Age of Youth Protest.”
- 2019-08-09: Via Hudson Valley One: “The Fugs will exorcise Washington again, from Byrdcliffe Barn.”
- 2019-07-19: For The Hedgehog Review, Greg Jackson writes “Hipster Elegies”: The death and life of the great American hipster offers an alternative history of culture over the last quarter century.
- 2019-07-19: More on Rip Torn from Wicked Local: Provincetown: “Rip Torn, wild man and actor, dies at 88.”
- 2019-07-18: More posts on Of a Fire on the Moon: Fiona Macdonald for the BBC writes “Moon Landing: The greatest Apollo 11 story ever told”; Cal Revely-Calder writes in The Telegraph “Apollo meets the age of Aquarius: how Norman Mailer wrote the first – and strangest – book on the Moon landings”; and iNews prints an expert “Norman Mailer’s moon landing masterpiece: read the novelist’s original account of Apollo 11.”
- 2019-07-13: J. Michael Lennon reviews Douglas Brinkley’s American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race in the Times Literary Supplement. Reprinted on his site.
2019-07-11: RIP, Rip Torn. Via Esquire: “Rip Torn's Hairy, Shirtless Brawl With Norman Mailer Remains A Legendary Moment of Movie History.” Danielle Mailer
and Nancy Ellen Craig painting of her father. Photo credit: Peter McEachern.
- 2019-07-10: John J. Lennon, currently serving twenty-eight years to life at Sing Sing, writes: “The Murderer, the Writer, the Reckoning” about the Abbott Affair.
- 2019-07-09: Two new interviews with Mailer have been posted on YouTube: Jeremy Isaacs on Face to Face and Jana Wendt on Uncensored.
- 2019-07-07: Via: Keystone Edition interviews J. Michael Lennon: “Norman Mailer, the Moon Landing, New Journalism, and More.”
- 2019-06-26: From The Atlantic: James Parker, in “‘A Work of Art Designed by the Devil’”, writes “Dispatched by Life magazine to cover the Apollo 11 mission, Norman Mailer saw the lunar landing not as a triumph for mankind but as evidence of our hubris.”
- 2019-06-24: From Salon: Graham Tarrant’s “Tom Wolfe vs. John Updike, Norman Mailer and John Irving — and other timeless literary feuds” reviews Mailer’s feuds with Gore Vidal and Tom Wolfe.
- 2019-06-19: From The Geek Herald: NASA Moon landing: These are the Apollo 11 secrets no-one ever told you about . . . except of course that Mailer did: “[O]nly a few individuals knew the secret of the mission. Journalist and American author Norman Mailer has unveiled some lesser known facts about the mission in his book titled Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11.”
- 2019-06-18: Another report on the mayoral campaign from Patch: “Norman Mailer And Jimmy Breslin Ran To Win In 1969; They Didn't.”
- 2019-06-16: The Washington Post recalls Mailer’s run for mayor in 1969: “He and running mate Jimmy Breslin were entertaining but ineffective.” See “F-bombs and insults: Norman Mailer’s epic run for mayor of New York in 1969.”
- 2019-06-11: Art of Danielle Mailer featured at David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village.
- 2019-05-24: Via the New York Post, “Esquire editor-in-chief Jay Fielden to step down.” The magazine, now 86 years old, has been owned by Hearst since 1986. During its heyday from 1961 to 1973 under legendary editor Harold Hayes, it was renowned for both discovering young up-and-coming writers and publishing some of the greatest names in letters — from Ernest Hemingway to Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe.
- 2019-05-11: According to Mental Floss, “Norman Mailer's MoonFire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 Is Getting a Special 50th Anniversary Release from TASCHEN.” This new volume arrives just before the 50th anniversary of Of a Fire on the Moon.
- 2019-05-10: Via GoErie: “Author Norman Mailer, who had previously pleaded guilty to 3rd degree assault in the stabbing of his wife, Adele Morales, leaves general sessions courtroom May 10, 1961 after Judge Mitchell D. Schweitzer put off sentencing until November 13, 1961. Mailer is accompanied by court officer Pat Gormley, at left in rear. Mailer was countinued in $2,500 bail, and ordered to report at intervals to the probation department. In putting off sentencing, Judge Schweitzer hinted that if Mailer behaved himself he might receive a suspended sentence.” See photo 5.
- 2019-05-09: At David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, Danielle Mailer exhibits colorful, intricate works. Her exhibit “Magical Reality: New Works” (Saturday, May 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.) will include the artist’s distinctive narrative-themed paintings featuring bright and bold colors and intricate designs.
- 2019-05-05: Fifty years ago today the Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Mailer for his “nonfiction novel” Armies of the Night, an account of the 1967 anti-Vietnam War march on the Pentagon. (Via History Net.)
- 2019-04-27: In “One giant leap for mankind: 50 years on, the epic journey of Apollo 11,” Taschen writes “When three astronauts accomplished the first moon landing half a century ago, science fiction became reality. Their achievement, and the decade of work that made it possible, is recalled in a 50th anniversary edition of Norman Mailer’s classic book Of a Fire on the Moon. In Independent
- 2019-04-25: MGA Graduate Students Publish Digital Humanities Project About Norman Mailer. Students in Dr. Gerald Lucas’s graduate course, “Writing and Publishing in Digital Environments,” helped construct a digital humanities project, “An American Dream Expanded”, published on Project Mailer, part of the Norman Mailer Society.
- 2019-04-13: In “The Fight (1975) by Norman Mailer: Feel the punch of a heavyweight,” Rob Doyle argues that “Mailer is no ‘bad joke’ – he writes with a reckless candour foreign to today’s nice guys.” Thanks, Rob! In The Irish Times
- 2019-04-05: The Village Voice has published “Norman Mailer Runs for Mayor” from their archives. Joe Flaherty writes: “As radical as the program sounded, it made complete sense to me, and I also realized there wasn’t a politician in New York who would dare run on such ideas. Mailer was now my man.”
- 2019-03-22: Emily Temple of LitHub shows that Mailer’s career spanned 59 years, just shy of Borges’ 62.
- 2019-03-18: Call for Proposals: 17th Annual Norman Mailer Conference
- 2019-03-16: Call for Submissions: The Norman Mailer Society Graduate Writing Award
- 2019-02-05: 2019 Membership Drive: We begin our annual Norman Mailer Society Membership Drive
- 2019-01-26: The Washington Post reports that Diana Athill, one-time Mailer editor, dies. She was 101.
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