Lipton’s Journal/February 1, 1955/405
The Catholic would argue, “You see, you admit a three-quarter saint who can do without sex. How do you account for that?” To which I would answer that it is a riddle although probably not insurmountable, but that it is certainly less of a riddle than that there is a God who gave Life but immediately ceded the dispensing of life and the life energies over to a Devil. That is the total contradiction on which rests, but it is so exhausting, so static, that until began to express itself as Reason in the early Renaissance, Western slumbered in shit—giving snores of torture.
- An early, rudimentary statement of Mailer’s belief in a divided universe, a semi-gnostic vision discussed at length first in a 1959 interview, “Hip, Hell and the Navigator” (collected in Advertisements for Myself), and most fully in a series of conversations with J. Michael Lennon in On God: An Uncommon Conversation (2007).