Lipton’s Journal/December 8, 1954/14
It is possible that many kinds of major sensual experience are sublimated into particular sports. For example, last night, with her across my lap, her body exposed and my hands conquering over it, I realized suddenly how close a woman’s body is to a ski slope, and perhaps the fascination of skiing is due to a particular frustration of a particular kind of sexual experience—the great skier needs such triumph and does not have the psychic possibility of finding it in life. Hence he rides like a charioteer over a ski slope, a giant ascetic woman open to his fury.
- Adele Morales (1925-2015), who he married in April 1954, was Mailer’s second wife. The mother of his daughters Danielle (b.1957), and Elizabeth Anne (b. 1959), she separated from Mailer in early 1961 a few months after he stabbed her with a penknife, just missing her heart. He pled guilty to felonious assault and was given a suspended sentence. They divorced in 1962.