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Norman Mailer: Works and Days
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“Mailer at Pugnacious Best.” Interview-article by Joel Yanofsky. The Gazette (Montreal), 22 September. Speaking at the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue in Westmount on 21 September, Mailer spoke about “the extraordinary complex burden of being Jewish,” and also about recent media attention paid to a new memoir, Dream Catcher, by J. D. Salinger’s daughter, Margaret. “What did the newspapers all say—that he’s drinking p---,” Mailer said. “We never think, ‘Here’s this sensitive hermit and if he’s drinking urine then maybe there’s something to it.” At the end of the evening he concluded, “I can’t even believe I brought up what the newspaper will say tomorrow: ‘Mailer likes drinking urine too.