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Norman Mailer: Works and Days
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Mailer’s Novel Ideas about Hitler.” Article-interview by Judy Stoffman. Toronto Star, 28 January, C04. Stoffman repeats the ancient factoid that Mailer was forced to use “fug” by the publisher of The Naked and the Dead (48.2). For his part, Mailer says that he is “so tired of hearing f—k. It was once a wonderful word and now it’s totally used up.” He adds: “People used to read novels to learn more about life. Now they turn on the TV—it’s what people talk about at dinner parties, not books. It’s painful to watch your profession diminish.” His last comment is this thin piece is that he would like to see Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton together on the Democratic ticket.