Sunday, November 11, 2007

Norman Mailer: 1923-2007

I must note the passing of Norman Mailer, perhaps the last of a breed of "holy fool" of American letters. I wasn't a big fan of the prose style. But he seemed to plunge into literature with the same remarkable abandon that he exhibited throughout most of his booze-fueled, pugnacious, defiant public/private life.

Like Hemingway, he could be an arrogant bully. But I'd rather knock back a few rounds with him, or even spar a couple with him, than with Brett Easton Ellis anytime.

Bon voyage, Norman. That you lived to be 84 is a testament to the human liver. That someone like you ever lived among us at all is a testament to the human spirit. -- MJ

1 comment:

Marc McDonald said...

I have to admit, I enjoy a cracking good true crime book (such as "Helter Skelter" or "Fatal Vision"). And Mailer's "The Executioner's Song" was one of the best in this genre.