07.8

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“My Friend Norman.” Memoir by Michael Lee. Hartford Courant, 21 January, G1, G8. Lee recalls how boxer-poet Eddie Bonetti introduced him to Mailer in the 1980s, and how they became friends. Mailer tells him that he wrestled with the narrative voice of The Castle in the Forest (07.10), and thought originally of having the Devil tell the story, but then ratcheted it down and gave the task to one of the Devil’s minions.