Lipton’s Journal/December 29, 1954/121

From Project Mailer

Marion Faye’s[1] note about the argument he had with red-headed Stalinist, and then the fistfight with the yard-bird while the Stalinist kept saying, “Fellows, you’ll catch pneumonia.” The red-headed Stalinist might be one of the people Eitel[2] had mentioned in his testimony. A former screen-writer.


  1. 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.
  2. Charles Francis Eitel (I-tell is the pronunciation), the protagonist of The Deer Park, is a blacklisted film director, who names former communists to a congressional committee.