Academic journal article The Mailer Review

Twins

Academic journal article The Mailer Review

Twins

Article excerpt

THE MOON IS FULL TONIGHT WITH CLOUDS FLOATING IN AND AROUND IT. Or is it the moon that is moving through the clouds? These are random thoughts to some, but very common in the hundreds of emails or letters that Barbara and I wrote to each other over decades since we first met in college. I was not around her when she first met Norman Mailer. She was still married to Larry Norris.

We met in the 1970s while we both had long hair, smooth skin and the wide-eyed notions of being artists who would change the world with the stroke of our brush. Somehow, our lives mirrored each other's in so many ways that it became eerie, as if we were twins in some strange parallel universe. We had both had a yellow Volkswagen bug, then a dark green one. Even miles apart, we bought similar clothes, shoes and sometimes the same wallpaper patterns. On one visit to NY we came out of our bedrooms at the same time and had the same patterned fleece robe, same slippers and same color and brand tooth brushes. It became a standard joke that we had twin moments when our emails would cross and arrive the very same time on many a night. Funny at first, but deep down I think that we both knew that we traveled the same path to help each other through the hardest journeys in life together.

We had such different lifestyles, different family circumstances, different upbringings, but still the same on so many levels. …

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