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  • 2017-08-14: The Daily News revisits “When Mailer and Breslin ran a stunt-filled NYC political campaign.” They had to be kidding. They weren’t really serious. Were they? Norman Mailer running for mayor of New York?
  • 2017-08-09: In this YouTube interview, the Safdie Brothers mention the influence of Mailer on Good Time. Their mention begins at about 7:50.
  • 2017-06-28: Colum McCann to Speak at Conference 2017. We are pleased to announce the keynote speaker at the 2017 Mailer Society conference will be Colum McCann. An admirer of Mailer’s work, he met Mailer in 2006 in Provincetown, and in 2009 wrote a brilliant introduction to Moonfire, the Taschen edition of Of a Fire on the Moon. He is the author of six novels and three collections of stories.
  • 2017-04-04: “Donald Trump: A bigger “factoid” president than Nixon?” David Masiotra writes, “Norman Mailer coined the word ‘factoid’ in 1973 to describe ideas or information perceived by the public as facts but actually dubious or instruments of obfuscation. Writing in his brilliant and almost psychedelic biography of Marilyn Monroe, Mailer described an earlier book on the Hollywood starlet as a ‘book with facts embellished by factoids, that is, facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, creations which are not so much lies as a product to manipulate emotion in the Silent Majority.’”
  • 2017-02-10: In “It’s Norman Mailer vs. Feminists in ‘The Town Hall Affair’,” Ben Brantley writes, “As for Norman Mailer, the M.C. of this fraught dialogue (which was convened in response to ‘The Prisoner of Sex,’ his pugilistic essay on feminism in Harper’s Magazine), he’s really beside himself. When the show begins, Norman Mailer is seated next to the person he most admires, Norman Mailer. He and he are portrayed by Scott Shepherd and Ari Fliakos. (Wouldn’t you know it would take two actors to contain all that testosterone?)”
  • 2017-02-11: David Light asks that you become a member of the Norman Mailer Society.
  • 2017-01-16: In his interview with Michiko Kakutani, Barack Obama mentions The Naked and the Dead first thing. Obama: “I loved reading when I was a kid, partly because I was traveling so much, and there were times where I’d be displaced, I’d be the outsider. . . . And so the idea of having these worlds that were portable, that were yours, that you could enter into, was appealing to me.”

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