Lipton’s Journal/December 31, 1954/143

From Project Mailer

Marion Faye’s[1] 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.


  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.