Lipton’s Journal/January 24, 1955/227

From Project Mailer

In The Journal of Marion Faye,[1] the climax of the novel (novel?) should be a prison-break which is frustrated, and becomes no more than a hold-out war with hostages in the attempt to get reforms. The two movements of society—revolution and reform could be explored. Marion of course if the ringleader of the gang.


  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.