Lipton’s Journal/December 29, 1954/120
Toward the end of Marion Faye’s journal, the notes become more mystical, vaguer, things like the discussion of cigarette-smoking. At one point in disgust he writes: I say this so badly I might just as well be trying to tell people: I see God in the yellow.
- 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.