National Obituary Review

Dead Person Of The Day November 10 – Norman Mailer

0 Comments 10 November 2011

Hot Damn Folks!

I can barely sit still to type! Its a day to celebrate a personal favorite of YOURS TRULY. Norman Mailer died on this day in 2007. The NYT’s do a great job chronicling the life and times of a GREAT AMERICAN. There’s a few times (towards the end) they lose focus but overall its a must read. Please do. Here are some choice excerpts from the tome.

‘At different points in his life Mr. Mailer was a prodigious drinker and drug taker, a womanizer, a devoted family man, a would-be politician who ran for mayor of New York, a hipster existentialist, an antiwar protester, an opponent of women’s liberation and an all-purpose feuder and short-fused brawler, who with the slightest provocation would happily engage in head-butting, arm-wrestling and random punch-throwing. Boxing obsessed him and inspired some of his best writing. Any time he met a critic or a reviewer, even a friendly one, he would put up his fists and drop into a crouch.’

‘For much of the ’50s he drifted, frequently drunk or stoned or both, and affected odd accents: British, Irish, gangster, Texan. In 1955, together with two friends, Daniel Wolf and Edwin Fancher, he founded The Village Voice, and while writing a column for that paper he began to evolve what became his trademark style — bold, poetic, metaphysical, even shamanistic at times — and his personal philosophy of hipsterism. It was a homespun, Greenwich Village version of existentialism, which argued that the truly with-it, blacks and jazz musicians especially, led more authentic lives and enjoyed better orgasms. /

Read the whole thing here. Again, please do.

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