Lipton’s Journal/January 24, 1955/227
In The Journal of Marion Faye, 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.
- 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.