Lipton’s Journal/December 31, 1954/143
Marion Faye’s journal. Hell is the present. It is always here. It exists in order that man may find Heaven. But man-as-slob dreams of leaving Hell for no more than Purgatory which is Security—the false sense of the future as opposed to Heaven which is the vision of the future.
- 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.