Lipton’s Journal/December 29, 1954/109
Marion Faye in prison starts doing weight-lifting and gets his friends to smash his face. His aim when he leaves prison is to weigh 200 pounds, all muscle, and to have a changed smashed face. Then he can approach the world the other way.
- Mailer’s anti-hero for a post-Hiroshima world in The Deer Park, Faye (son of Dorothea O’Faye, a former singer who presides over a drunken salon in Desert D’Or, Mailer’s name for Palm Springs, California), is the archetypal hipster. A bisexual pimp and drug dealer, he is the novel’s dark conscience, the polar opposite of Charles Eitel. Mailer planned to use Faye as a centripetal character in the seven novels that he planned and failed to write as sequels to The Deer Park.