Lipton’s Journal/February 22, 1955/688

From Project Mailer

I suspect that the frequency of sound has some relation to the depth of one’s unconscious. As frequency is stepped up, so the notes rise. At infinite frequency there would be an infinitely high note. Low notes are progressively more conscious. The lowest note of them all is the single grunt of the bull-ape. In life, the high-pitched voice seems hateful to us, the low-pitched voice draws us forward. Women who are drawn to men with low-pitched voices like Gary Cooper sense a deep tenderness in such a man as well as outer male strength—they are drawn to the combination of inner vulnerability and outer force. Women who are drawn to men like Truman Capote with his high-pitched shrill are drawn by the outer vulnerability and the inner steel, hatred, etc. Bi-sexuals with their inner and outer vulnerability and strength invariably have voices which are alternately high and low pitched. Brando for example. Myself. Adele.[1] Tallulah, Millie,[2] etc.

The high note is a Taking (small symbol giving—point of the universe) however.

The low note is a Give (large symbol of little). A legitimate swelling up of the ape-principle which is half of our motive power.


  1. 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.
  2. Millie Brower was a distant cousin from Long Branch, who was an actress and writer for the Village Voice.